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Friday, March 19 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Black and Queer: Demonstrating Tough Conversations in Public Defender Communities

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For this session we would have a small group that would have a *real* conversation about being members of the “other” groups – what is it like, what needs work, what are the struggles? The public defender community struggles to talk about both race and SOGI but in this conversation, we are going to try to be as real as possible and demonstrate what some of these tough conversations can look like and also learn a little bit about each other's experiences of being public defenders while being different than some of the other people in our offices.

This session will not be recorded.

Check out NAPD's Related Upcoming Online Course
October 4, 2021November 19, 2021
Course: Representing Transgender and Non-Binary Clients: A Skills-Based Approach        

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Cynthia Roseberry

Deputy Director of Policy, Justice Division, National Policy Advocacy at ACLU Atlanta, GA
At the national ACLU, Ms. Roseberry works to reform the criminal justice system. Focusing on issues like policing, bail reform, clemency, the death penalty, and other criminal justice related matters her work supports ACLU affiliates across the nation.During the Obama administration... Read More →


Byron Conway

Attorney, Federal Defender Program
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Connor Barusch

Trial Attorney and Training Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Connor Barusch (“Barusch”) (he/they) joined CPCS in 2011, working as a public defender in the Massachusetts. In 2018 he joined the CPCS Training Department, where he works as a public defender trainer while also litigating his own cases. Barusch has been doing transgender competency... Read More →
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Nana Yankah

Legal Aid Society of DC
Nana Yankah is a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Prior to that, she was a public defender in Boston.She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree... Read More →
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Twyla Carter

National Policy Director, The Bail Project
Twyla Carter is the National Policy Director at The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. The Bail Project's ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for long-term systemic reforms... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 7