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Friday, March 19 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Zealous: Collaborating with Communities for Systemic Change

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This session will challenge defenders to grapple with what it means to work for and with individuals they represent and communities directly impacted by legal systems as partners in advocacy outside of court in the broader community for justice. This session will include a discussion among community organizers, as well as a case study in Prince George’s County, MD where public defenders, community organizers, and artists banded together to create a local and national media advocacy campaign for accountability and decarceration during COVID.

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Scott Hechinger

Founder & Director, Zealous
For nearly a decade, Scott served as a public defender in Brooklyn, representing people charged with crimes who couldn’t afford an attorney, but also long shared his perspective as a public defender outside of court in a variety of media to shift the narrative and drive systemic... Read More →

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Bianca Tylek

Founder and Executive Director, Worth Rises
Bianca Tylek is the founder and executive director of Worth Rises (@worthrises), where she combines her direct experience with the criminal legal system and expertise in financial and legal services to challenge the prison industrial complex. She coordinates the #ZeroProfits coalition... Read More →
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Qiana Johnson

Founder and Executive Director, Life After Release
Qiana Johnson, is  the founder of Life After Release Inc, a formerly incarcerated women-led organization supporting system involved people in the  DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia). She is organizing to build a post conviction movement challenging the integrity of convictions and the system... Read More →
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Keith Lotridge

Chief Defender, Prince George's County Office of the Public Defender
Keith Lotridge started at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Prince George’s County in 2004. He has served as a District Court trial attorney, a Circuit Court trial attorney, a Circuit Court Supervisor, Deputy District Public Defender and is now the District Public Defender... Read More →
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Tia Hamilton

Founder, State Vs Us Magazine
Tia "MZ Konnoisseur" HamiltonMother, Entrepreneur, CEO, Producer, Journalist, Publisher, Prison/Youth/Community Advocate, Motivational Speaker. Tia founded and now publishes STATE Vs Us Magazine, a unique and much-needed voice, speaking for the often forgotten and maligned incarcerated... Read More →
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Claire Glenn

Public Defender, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Claire Glenn is a trial attorney at the Public Defender's Office in Prince George's County, Maryland, where she defends the rights of indigent people targeted by the criminal system.  A proud member of the Maryland Defender's Union, Claire is passionate about people-power in many... Read More →

Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 9