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Friday, March 19 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
25 is the new 18: Protecting Emerging Adult Clients

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This presentation will share the innovations in Maryland to protect emerging adult clients. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender has begun a pilot project to create a specialized unit representing “emerging adult” clients. Emerging adult clients are 18-25 years old and are over-represented in our criminal legal system and prisons despite the science indicating they are less culpable, more capable of growth and change, and still maturing neurologically. Recent research shows that the worst racial disparities in the Country exist with the emerging-adult prison population. In response, Maryland intends to develop and spread innovative and cutting-edge strategies for defending this population to foster systemic change.

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Jennifer Park

Assistant Public Defender, Prince George's County, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Jen Park has twelve years of experience as a skilled litigator with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. She has argued creative motions and had successful trials in every area of the criminal system: misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, and serious felony. For the last two years... Read More →
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Ian Augarten

Juvenile Division Supervisor, Prince George's County, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Ian Augarten has been a public defender since 2013 and has dedicated his career to representing children and adolescents accused of crimes and has specialized in representing youth charged in the adult system. Since 2019 he has been the supervisor of the Juvenile Division of the Office... Read More →
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Elizabeth Lopez

Emerging Adult Litigation Specialist, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Elizabeth is a lifelong public defender. She has provided zealous advocacy for her clients and supported her OPD colleagues during her time with the Youthful Defendant Unit where she represented children charged as adults in Baltimore City, as a supervisor in the Juvenile Division... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 4