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Tuesday, March 16
 

6:00pm EDT

For The Love Of Justice: Concert and Spoken Word Performance
Join us to Kick Off the virtual conference with public defender, and incredible singer, Danielle Ponder.
Check out Danielle's Tiny Desk Contest video

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

Professor, SUNY Brockport, Department of African American Studies
Danielle Ponder is a musician and attorney. A native of New York she performs internationally with her band She is a Professor in the Department of African American studies at The State University of New York College at Brockport, where she teaches Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged... Read More →



Tuesday March 16, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Main Stage

7:30pm EDT

Networking Breakouts
Check out the various opportunities for meet others attending the conference.
Each of the Zoom rooms below has many breakouts.
Feel free to move around between the rooms and the breakouts.
  • Random Speed Networking - Every 5 minutes all breakouts rooms will be randomly reforming into new groups of 3
  • Network by Job Type
  • Network by Affinity Group
  • Network by Specialty Area 


Tuesday March 16, 2021 7:30pm - 8:45pm EDT
Networking Breakouts

9:00pm EDT

For The Love Of Justice: Concert and Spoken Word Performance: REBROADCAST
Join us to Kick Off the virtual conference with public defender, and incredible singer, Danielle Ponder.

Check out Danielle's Tiny Desk Contest video

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

Professor, SUNY Brockport, Department of African American Studies
Danielle Ponder is a musician and attorney. A native of New York she performs internationally with her band She is a Professor in the Department of African American studies at The State University of New York College at Brockport, where she teaches Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged... Read More →



Tuesday March 16, 2021 9:00pm - 10:30pm EDT
Main Stage
 
Thursday, March 18
 

12:45pm EDT

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

President & CEO, Expand Now LLC
Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Plenary Speaker - Nkechi Taifa
Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

President & CEO, Expand Now LLC
Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has... Read More →
avatar for Nkechi Taifa

Nkechi Taifa

President, The Taifa Group
Nkechi Taifa is President of The Taifa Group LLC, a social enterprise firm whose mission is to advance justice. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Justice, and convenes the Justice Roundtable, an advocacy coalition advancing progressive justice system transformation... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Accountability and Systemic Change: Navigating Reform-Oriented Prosecution
Can prosecutors truly work to end mass incarceration? Is there a role for public defenders in the movement to change prosecution? If so, what is it and how can it be maximized? What does accountability look like in this context? How can public defenders best push for meaningful, sustainable change? 

Speakers
avatar for Premal Dharia

Premal Dharia

Founder and Director, Defender Impact Initiative
Premal Dharia is the Founder and Director of the Defender Impact Initiative , which works withpublic defenders, organizers and advocates around the country to end our system of masscriminalization. She has spent the last twenty years dedicated to challenging injustice in thecriminal... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 9

2:00pm EDT

Accountability on the Front Lines: Incorporating Police Misconduct Litigation into Holistic Defense
The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor catapulted the issue of police violence to the forefront of the media and collective consciousness. But as public defenders, we know well that police violence has long been a fixture of our clients’ encounters with the criminal legal system; from false arrest to excessive force, and even death – our clients live under the constant threat and fear of dangerous police interactions. What is the role of the public defender in addressing the violence we bear witness to through our clients and demanding police accountability? This session aims to address that question and discuss the model for incorporating police accountability into a holistic defense office that has proven successful at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Ponder Williams

Emily Ponder Williams

Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Emily Ponder Williams is the Managing Attorney of the Civil Defense Practice at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem where she leads a team of attorneys and advocates working to address the numerous collateral and direct civil consequences of contact with the criminal legal... Read More →
avatar for Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) is known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing unparalleled legal representation. Since we opened our doors in Harlem in 1990, we have... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 7

2:00pm EDT

Certiorari Petitions
In this session we will discuss certiorari petitions in the U.S. Supreme Court -- when to file them, how to write them, and how to respond when the prosecutor files one.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Banner

Stuart Banner

Norman Abrams Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Stuart Banner is the Norman Abrams Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, where he runs the UCLA Supreme Court Clinic. He has represented parties in several recent Supreme Court cases, including Nelson v. Colorado and Matal v. Tam.


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 1

2:00pm EDT

Channeling Mr. Rogers.
On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers testified before a senate subcommittee to save PBS from budget cuts. In just 6 minutes, Mr. Rogers turned the subcommittee from deep skeptics into passionate supporters. It was remarkable. In this talk, we’ll discuss how to blend the moral psychology Mr. Rogers relied on with other presentation tips to craft persuasive talks and motions—no matter the audience. 

Speakers
avatar for Jay McEntire

Jay McEntire

Senior Litigator, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho
Jay McEntire is the senior litigator for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. He primarily represents clients charged with white-collar offenses, as well as serious assaults and murders on the Native American reservations. He has taken many federal criminal cases... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 15

2:00pm EDT

Compassion Fatigue
Utilizing peer reviewed research on recognizing and preventing compassion fatigue in ourselves and our offices. 

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Morgan Nunn

Ashley Morgan Nunn

Investigator, Montgomery County Public Defender's Office
Ashley Morgan Nunn, LBSW is an Investigator with the Office of the Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit, Montgomery, Al, where she has been employed for 4 years. Ashley received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Auburn University and has been licensed by the State of Alabama... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 5

2:00pm EDT

Cultural Competence by looking at History: A brief historical overview of the civil rights Journey of the LGBTQ communities
This session will highlight some of the historic events, circumstances and cases that have occurred in the past 60 years that have shaped the current policies effecting these communities.   This history will be effective in helping people in public defense who have clients who identify as GLBTQ gain cultural competence to effectively serve these clients.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Chapdelaine

Jeff Chapdelaine

Attorney, Forensic Social Worker, and Forensic Drama Therapist, Chapdelaine Consulting and Training
Jeff Chapdelaine, JD, LICSW is an Attorney, Forensic Social Worker, and Forensic Drama Therapist based in Boston Massachusetts.  He represents clients in both Criminal and Civil cases. He consults nationally on plaintiff’s civil cases and on cases where people are accused of committing... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 13

2:00pm EDT

Defenders At the Desk: How Client Advocates and Legal Assistants Wield Extraordinary Power from their Everyday Spaces
Every day, the criminal legal system dehumanizes our clients.  This experience is not limited to the courtroom.  Our “Defenders at the Desk” (Client Advocates, Social Workers, Investigators, and Legal Assistants) are superheroes who spend their days fighting against this dehumanization with fearlessness, compassion, and devotion to our clients.  This training spotlights the exceptional work done by Client Advocates and Legal Assistants working quietly from home or from their corner cubicle.  They may not be going to court but they have witty one liners, a sense of humor, a fighting spirit and are always one step ahead of their nemesis-just like your favorite Superhero!

Speakers
avatar for Pat Shelton

Pat Shelton

Social Services Program Manager, Nashville Public Defender Office
Pat Shelton is the Program Manager of the Social Services Department in the Nashville Public Defender Office. Pat manages a team of social workers and client advocates and provides training for graduate student interns from various disciplines. Pat has gained extensive experience f... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Bruce

Cheryl Bruce

Legal Assistant, Nashville Public Defender Office
Cheryl Bruce has over two decades of experience working exclusively with criminal defense attorneys.  She previously worked as a paralegal for 20 years with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Nashville, retiring in 2014 before being hired by the Nashville Defender's Office in... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 2

2:00pm EDT

Ethical Tension and Standards on Multidisciplinary Teams
When offices decide to employ or contract with social workers, tension can arise about what constitutes acceptable ethical conduct between disciplines. This session will explore the reasons behind this tension and will consider a framework for setting office policies that not only clarify roles and practices but also serve to enhance team cohesiveness and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bishop

Kevin Bishop

LCSW, Social Work Coordinator, The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel,
Kevin Bishop, LCSW has been the Social Worker Coordinator for The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, conflict counsel to the Colorado Office of the State Public Defender, since 2016.  Kevin earned his Master’s in Social Work in 2005 from the University of Maryland at Baltimore... Read More →
avatar for Claire Schmidt Polini

Claire Schmidt Polini

Social Work Outreach Coordinator, Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel
Claire Schmidt Polini, LCSW is the Social Work Outreach Coordinator for the Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel. Claire earned her Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University. Prior to transitioning to the role of the OADC SW Outreach Coordinator, Claire contracted... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 6

2:00pm EDT

Impact of New Biden Policies on Noncitizens in the Criminal Legal System
The Trump Administration dramatically increased immigration enforcement and anti-immigrant policies, especially against noncitizens with criminal legal system contact. What impact have Biden executive actions and early policy changes had on noncitizen criminal defendants? Who is at more or less risk of being arrested by ICE? How do new policies impact the advice criminal defense attorneys should be providing to their clients or the prospects of immigrants with criminal legal system contact who are in removal proceedings or applying for status?

Speakers
avatar for Graciela Martinez

Graciela Martinez

Head Deputy, Immigration and Civil Commitment Units, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
avatar for Andrea Sáenz

Andrea Sáenz

Attorney-in-Charge, New York Immigrant Family Unity Project
Andrea Sáenz is Attorney-in-Charge of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) at Brooklyn Defender Services. NYIFUP is New York's first-in-the-nation immigration public defender program representing detained immigrants facing removal. Prior to joining BDS, Andrea was... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Wayne

Wendy Wayne

Director, CPCS Immigration Impact Unit
Wendy Wayne is the founder and Director of the Immigration Impact Unit at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, where she provides training and advice to court-appointed attorneys throughout Massachusetts and engages in systemic... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 4

2:00pm EDT

Stepping Up: Representing Parents with Minor Children
This session will include a very short video recording and a couple of polls in the chat to encourage reflection and participation. The presenter will introduce practical considerations for increasing advocacy for parents facing incarceration or incarcerated parents in criminal and dependency cases. The primary focus will be on meaningful parent engagement in their defense, with their child(ren), and in court.

Speakers
avatar for D'Adre Cunningham

D'Adre Cunningham

Incarcerated Parents Project Attorney, Washington Defender Association
D'Adre Cunningham is the Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) Attorney at Washington Defender Association in Seattle, Washington. She provides legal information and referral to incarcerated parents, formerly incarcerated parents, their families, and case assistance to their attorneys... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 10

2:00pm EDT

The Impact of Team Dynamics on Client Outcomes
The dynamics within our teams directly impact client outcomes in ways that can be positive or negative. Teams that don’t get along well don’t often get the best results for their clients.  Dysfunctional team dynamics shift the focus away from the client and towards the discord between members of the team.  Teams that get along too well can value team consensus over making the best decisions.  This session will address how effective teams are built, ways to address issues within a team, and ways to improve team functioning.  We will explore why and how diverse teams are more effective, why communication styles matter, and how our differences can be used for the benefit of our clients.  

Speakers
avatar for Anupama Vishwamitra

Anupama Vishwamitra

Director of Mitigation, Office of the Georgia Capital Defender
Anupama Vishwamitra is the Director of Mitigation at the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender. She oversees all trial-level death penalty cases in the State of Georgia. She trains, supervises, and mentors mitigation investigators, consults with capital defense teams around the nation... Read More →
avatar for Gabrielle Pittman

Gabrielle Pittman

Supervising Trial Attorney, Georgia Capital Defender
Gabrielle Amber Pittman has been representing indigent persons facing the death penalty as the head of the Middle Georgia Regional Capital Defender Office since 2013.  After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2003, Amber worked as a fellowship attorney... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 11

2:00pm EDT

Voting Rights Restoration
Speakers
avatar for Nicole Porter

Nicole Porter

Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project
Nicole D. Porter manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Her advocacy has supported criminal justice reforms in several states including Kentucky, Missouri... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 14

2:00pm EDT

When the Victim Becomes the Defendant; Representing Women in the Criminal Justice System
My presentation will explore the unique and often overlooked  issues facing women in the criminal justice system.   Women are the fastest growing population in the U.S prison system.  Studies show that the vast majority of incarcerated women have experienced some form of abuse or trauma in their life.  Oftentimes, it is this experience that has led them, either directly or indirectly, to become involved in the criminal justice system.  Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of this information or lack of understanding of how it is connected to their current charges, the information is either not gathered or not used to as a tool to secure a better result for the client. This issue has become apparent in recent noteworthy cases of Cyntoia Brown and Chrystul Kizer. During the presentation I will provide information on to attendees about the pathways into the system for women,  what to look for when reviewing a case, how to address these issues with a client and how to use this information to negotiate with prosecutors.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Modzeleski

Jillian Modzeleski

Senior Attorney, Women's Defense Project, Brooklyn, NY
Jillian Modzeleski graduated from New York Law School in 2006.  After law school, she worked for Judge Michael Corriero in Manhattan Supreme Court’s Youth Part and then for the Children’s Law Center in Brooklyn.   She joined Brooklyn Defender Services in 2011 and became their... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 8

2:00pm EDT

Why Forensics Matter
Speakers
avatar for Janis Puracal

Janis Puracal

Executive Director, Forensic Justice Project
BioThe Forensic Justice Project is led by Executive Director Janis C. Puracal, a litigator with over a decade of experience in trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. Janis has encouraged decisions based on sound science in civil and criminal cases and has been instrumental... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 12

2:00pm EDT

Women Taking Control of your Financial Future
This session will go through the history of women and money and why historically we haven’t led the financial discussions in our relationships. Some key takeaways to implement and negotiate in your personal finance, whether you are married or single will be provided, as reviewing a number of technical FAQ’s around money and your daily decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore

Founder and CEO, Artisan Financial Strategies
I've owned a financial advisory practice for 22 years.  We help families organize their financial picture looking retirement, college funding, estate planning and specialize working with women breadwinners.Happy to help answer any questions on your financial world.


Thursday March 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 3

3:15pm EDT

Team Defense
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Lyon

Andrea Lyon

Principal, Professor Emeritus, Lyon Law
Ms. Lyon is a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, who has been featured on national news and media outlets. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

A Holistic Approach to Winning Appeals—Thinking Beyond Precedent
This session is about going beyond precedent when thinking about how to win appeals, and the other factors you should consider to persuade judges, including judges of different persuasions. 

Speakers
avatar for Amir Ali

Amir Ali

Director, Washington DC Office, MacArthur Justice Center
Amir H. Ali is the founder and Director of the MacArthur Justice Center’s Washington, D.C. office. He also directs the Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic at Harvard Law School, where he has taught courses on Supreme Court advocacy.  Amir has briefed and argued multiple criminal... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 1

4:15pm EDT

Analyzing Police Documents
This is a hands-on, audience-participation-necessary presentation designed to help you deconstruct police reports by applying a set of rules to live by.  You will be working with Chicago Police Department documents produced in the wake of a police shooting in an el station.  

Speakers
avatar for John Conroy

John Conroy

Senior Investigator, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
John Conroy is the Senior Investigator at the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law.   In his former life, he was an investigative reporter.  His articles have been published in many publications, and he is the author of two books, Belfast Diary: War... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 9

4:15pm EDT

Creating a Forensic Practice Group in Your Office
During this session, we will discuss the importance of having forensic point people in institutional defender offices, how to develop a forensic unit and how convince office heads of the benefits to the office and clients of having a unit or point person.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman

Deputy Federal Defender, Federal Defender Capital Habeas Unit, Central District
Jennifer Friedman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles County for 33 years and served as the Forensic Science Coordinator and Assistant Special Circumstance Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s... Read More →
avatar for Julia Leighton

Julia Leighton

Julia Leighton is the former general counsel for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). As general counsel, Ms. Leighton advised the PDS’s Board of Trustees, the PDS management team, and PDS lawyers on a wide variety of legal issues and managed litigation... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 12

4:15pm EDT

Effectively Representing Each of Your Immigrant Clients
Our immigrant clients come from all over the globe.  Representing them presents special challenges and requires cultural sensitivity and the ability to consult with and incorporate expertise of immigration law experts.  This presentation will highlight requirements and strategies for dynamic representation of each immigrant client. 

Speakers
NW

Nadine Wettstein

Director, Immigration Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Nadine Wettstein is the Director of the Immigration Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, created in response to Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010), requiring defense counsel to advise clients of immigration consequences of criminal conduct.   She also... Read More →
avatar for Graciela Martinez

Graciela Martinez

Head Deputy, Immigration and Civil Commitment Units, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 4

4:15pm EDT

Got Trust?
This fast-paced and highly interactive session will introduce participants to Motivational Interviewing (MI) concepts that will help them engage successfully with clients, repair conversational discord, and establish a collaborative climate of trust for an effective working relationship.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Hall

Ali Hall

Independent Consultant, Ali Hall Training and Consulting
Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), a MINT Certified Trainer, and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali currently serves on the MINT Board of Directors, focusing on professional skill development for MI practitioners and trainers... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 2

4:15pm EDT

Innovating Without Money, Tech, or People
Speakers
avatar for Brian Elms

Brian Elms

Innovation Practice Lead, Change & Innovation Agency
Brian Elms is the author of Peak Performance and an Urban Leadership Fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He served as the Director of Peak Academy and Analytics for the City and County of Denver for more than five years. Brian specializes in government innovation and process improvement providing management exper... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 10

4:15pm EDT

Litigating Against Religious Organizations that Discriminate Against Public Defender Clients: What do we do when our client is discriminated against
Speakers
SJ

Sara Jacobson

Executive Director of Training, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania
Sara Jacobson serves as the Executive Director of Training for the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania (PDAP). Before joining PDAP, Sara served as the Director of Trial Advocacy and an Associate Professor as Temple Law School, where she taught Trial Advocacy, Evidence and... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 13

4:15pm EDT

Navigating Overwhelm
Speakers
avatar for Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Founder and Director, The Trauma Stewardship Institute
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked locally, nationally, and internationally for more than... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 5

4:15pm EDT

Panning for Gold: Making Preliminary and Other Evidentiary Hearings Count
Preliminary and other pretrial evidentiary hearings are excellent opportunities to learn more about the prosecution case, test defense legal theories, and lock in the witness’s story. Just because we often lose these hearings on the merits does not mean that they cannot help us. It is important to think about the goals for the hearing, each witness, and each topic that will be covered in the hearing.  The goals dictate our strategy and tactics at the hearing, especially our choice of questioning technique. This session will focus on how to use “discovery cross” techniques to learn facts and lock in the witness’s testimony. We’ll look at ways to create a bullet proof transcript that will preempt and prevent the witness from evading impeachment at trial. We’ll also discuss client centered counseling tips so so they know what to expect at the hearing, and understand and embrace the imediate and long term strategy. We’ll look at ways to handle objections and other legal aspects of these hearings.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Bennett

Cathleen Bennett

Assistant Training Director, National Association for Public Defense
Cathleen L. Bennett is an Assistant Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, and a training and trial consultant. Cathy recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Boston, Massachusetts where she was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 14

4:15pm EDT

Resolution: Getting Death off the Table Early
Capital Defense standards require defense counsel to seek to resolve a death penalty case without trial. this talk will discuss how to handle that obligation, communicate with your client about it, and some ethical pitfalls that may crop up.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Lyon

Andrea Lyon

Principal, Professor Emeritus, Lyon Law
Ms. Lyon is a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, who has been featured on national news and media outlets. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 11

4:15pm EDT

The Art of Difficult Conversations
The Art of Difficult Conversations – Using Radical Candor and Related Tools to Achieve Shared Outcomes and Foster Positive Working Relationships  
 
• We’ll take a moment to be reflective because knowing & managing one’s self, emotions, and stories is paramount to our ability to have productive and successful conversations;
• Gain a better understanding of why it’s imperative that we hold each other accountable and have difficult conversations (even when we don’t want to);
• Gain a better understanding the impact our words & messaging has on our colleagues and our agency’s culture;
• Learn the import of building strong relationships with your team and others so that you are empowered to have radically candid discussions;
•        Gain tips & tools to hold discussions that need to be had but all of us shy away from because we are busy, they are uncomfortable, and we hope things will get better with time.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Assistant Director, Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Elizabeth Miller is the Assistant Director of the Office of the Ohio Public Defender (OPD).  She has dedicated her legal career to ensuring the most vulnerable individuals in our society are afforded quality legal representation.  Elizabeth first joined the OPD in 2004 and served... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 3

4:15pm EDT

The Power of Maps
"One of the greatest challenges experts face when participating in capital defense mitigation is providing the jury with visual mitigating evidence.  Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners – so give them something to look at. Maps can literally provide a visual snapshot of what is happening in a defendant’s life and what mitigation factors influenced his/her life.

Testimony aided by digital mapping provides a persuasive means for presenting complex, community risk factors for criminal violence such as poverty, exposure to violence, lead exposure, community disorganization, gang activity, lack of role models and substandard education.  Such considerations of shaping influences are critical to a sentencing determination.  

Speakers
avatar for Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

GIS Analyst, Capital Maps, LLC
Amy Nguyen is a Researcher, GIS Analyst and owner of Capital Maps, LLC in the Dallas, Texas area.  Her specialty is mapping Department of Justice community risk factors and performing demographic analysis.  She holds master’s level certification in Geographic Information Systems... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 15

4:15pm EDT

Trauma Informed Representation for Young Girls
Speakers
MD

Michelle Diaz

Community Associate, NYC Department of Probation
Michelle Diaz is a Community Associate for the New York City (NYC) Department of Probation(DOP) in the Division of Juvenile Operations. Ms. Diaz's role is to help to develop, implement and provide support on creating and expanding mentoring opportunities for justice involved or at... Read More →
avatar for Jeanette Pai-Espinosa

Jeanette Pai-Espinosa

President, National Crittenton
Jeannette leads National Crittenton (Crittenton) a 137-year-old national advocacy organization dedicated to advancing social, political, and economic justice for girls, young women, and gender-expansive young people impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and oppression. National... Read More →
avatar for K. Shakira Washington

K. Shakira Washington

Vice President, Advocacy & Research, National Crittenton
K. Shakira Washington, Ph.D. is Vice President of Advocacy & Research at National Crittenton, a nationally based organization focused on advocating for social, economic and political justice with and for girls, young women, and gender-expansive young people impacted by chronic adversity... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 8

4:15pm EDT

Turning Our Clients' Pain into Power: An Introduction to the Science of Childhood Trauma and its Everyday Application for Public Defenders
“Your wound is where your light enters you.” – 13th Century Persian Poet. In this workshop, you will hear about the most significant public health study of the last half-century – Felitti and Anda’s research into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We will then dive into the practical ways public defenders are putting this study to use for our clients – in client interviews, in plea negotiations, and in mitigation. 

Speakers
avatar for Sara Whitaker

Sara Whitaker

Deputy Public Defender, Kanawha County Public Defender (Charleston, WV)
Sara Whitaker is a Deputy Public Defender in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Sara is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.A. and J.D.) and former intern for the Cook County Public Defender's Office. She is a graduate of Gideon's Promise, where she has served on the faculty since... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 6

4:15pm EDT

Zealous: Collaborative Advocacy and Creative Legal Advocacy Outside of Court
Laws are written in Black and White. People directly impacted by these laws encounter them in a world of color and cruelty. How can public defenders leverage our perspective and expertise inside of court to build multidimensional, story-driven advocacy campaigns and contribute to movements outside of court to change the law, policies, and practices that devastate the people and communities we serve? This session will begin our series of conversations throughout this conference about how public defenders can effectively, morally, and ethically navigate between and reconcile these two apparent extremes. We will explore what "success" can look like, the intellectual frameworks, and skills needed, including working collaboratively with people and communities defenders represent, as well as community organizations and artists.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hechinger

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 →


Thursday March 18, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 7

5:30pm EDT

The System’s Conscience: Celebrating the Resilience of Public Defenders
Being a public defender – attorney, investigator, mitigation specialist, administrative staff, social worker, etc. - is hard under any circumstances. This past year has been especially difficult. The pandemic has only intensified the nation’s neglect of its most marginalized communities. It has shined a bright light on the reality that many lives do not matter. Nowhere is America’s indifference towards the humanity of society’s most vulnerable members more starkly reflected that in the criminal legal system. You bear witness to thus every day. You fight to demand dignity in systems that are cruel and uncaring. In the midst of such injustice, we can feel like we are not making a difference. Our impact can be hard to feel when we are in the midst of the struggle. However, when we step back and observe the power of our collective effort, we can see that we are the only conscience the system has. Every day you help keep the system from becoming even more cruel; more uncaring; more punitive. You help inch us towards a better day. Without you the system would have no moral compass. In this session we will step back, consider our collective impact, and appreciate one another.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Rapping

Jonathan Rapping

Founder and President, Gideon's Promise
Jonathan Rapping is the author of Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice, which centers public defenders in the broader struggle for justice. Rapping has long argued that transforming justice in America requires culture change and that public defenders are critical to that effort.Rapping is a nationally renowned criminal justice innovator who is the... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 5:30pm - 6:15pm EDT

6:30pm EDT

The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude
If a person could do only one thing to increase their health and happiness, expressing gratitude might be it. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, has remarked "when we take time to notice the things that go right -- it means we're getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day." In this session, we will discuss the benefits of practicing gratitude and how that practice can not only benefit your mental health but can also benefit your legal practice. We will also go through short gratitude exercises together, including but not limited to: meditation and journaling. 

Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Kline

Tatiana Kline

Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County Public Defender
Tatiana Kline is a Public Defender in San Diego. She graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 2013 and has been with the Public Defender’s Office since taking the bar in August of 2013. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology... Read More →


Thursday March 18, 2021 6:30pm - 7:15pm EDT
Room 1

6:30pm EDT

Meetups, Networking
These are meetups hosted by participants in the conference.   Think of these as asking several people you meet at an in person conference to join you for a discussion, yoga, or to hangout out.   These are not officially part of the NAPD's conference.  

Click here to set up your meeting. You will need your own Zoom or other video conferencing account.

Click here see the listing of meetings you can join

Thursday March 18, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
 
Friday, March 19
 

9:00am EDT

Chair Yoga Wellness Session
A gentle way to begin or take a break from the day, chair yoga is for every body.  Both the seasoned yogi and the "I can't/ don't do yoga" friend is welcome here!  We will begin the session with a breathing exercise to soothe the nervous system and to help us arrive in the present moment, and then will cultivate gratitude for ourselves just for showing up. We then will move through a series of gentle yoga poses, using our chair and the space around it.  This will be a trauma-informed practice, and will meet each person right where they are.  No other equipment necessary.

Speakers
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Shana Conza

Former Public Defender, Certified Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor
Shana Conza (she/her)Shana Conza, J.D., B.F.A., RYT-200 is a former Musical Theatre Actress and Public Defender.  She is a graduate of the S.U.N.Y. College at Fredonia and Hofstra University School of Law.  Shana is a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Farm Ithaca and... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room 1

9:00am EDT

Meditation Sampler: Trying Different Ways to Sit Still
In this session I will present an introduction to meditation and contemplative practice. We will discuss the whys and the hows of it , with space for questions, and then we will practice.  I will lead three or four different short meditations, each using a different style or approach.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Klaus

Dave Klaus

Assistant Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender
Dave Klaus has served as a Public Defender attorney in Alameda County for 24 years, and for the Ohio State Public Defender before that. He speaks often about emotional resilience and secondary trauma in the profession, and has a coaching practice for lawyers and others dealing with... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room 2

9:00am EDT

Vinyasa Flow for All-Levels
Vinyasa flow for all-levels.  You will enjoy this session whether you are new to yoga or an advanced practitioner.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Selitti

Jennifer Selitti

Director of Training and Communications, New Jersey Office of the Public Defender


Friday March 19, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room 5

9:00am EDT

Wellness Practice Sessions: Meditation, Yoga
Friday March 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

10:00am EDT

JusticeText
Speakers
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Leslie Jones-Dove

CTO, JusticeText
Leslie is a full-stack engineer with extensive technical experience scaling web products across Google and JP Morgan.
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Devshi Mehrotra

Co-Founder and CEO, JusticeText
Devshi is a Schwarzman Scholar and Obama Foundation Community Leader recognized for her work at the intersection of tech and impact.


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 15

10:00am EDT

Attorney Relationships and Challenges With Them
Speakers
avatar for Andrea Lyon

Andrea Lyon

Principal, Professor Emeritus, Lyon Law
Ms. Lyon is a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, who has been featured on national news and media outlets. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Morgan Nunn

Ashley Morgan Nunn

Investigator, Montgomery County Public Defender's Office
Ashley Morgan Nunn, LBSW is an Investigator with the Office of the Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit, Montgomery, Al, where she has been employed for 4 years. Ashley received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Auburn University and has been licensed by the State of Alabama... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

Batson v Kentucky
Prosecutors continue to strike people of color in jury selection, resulting in all-white juries even in jurisdictions with diverse populations that include many people of color. Prosecutors give trivial reasons for their strikes, often reading them off lists of “approved race-neutral reasons.” Judges routinely approve the reasons. There is a growing recognition that Batson has completely failed to prevent discrimination. Some states have adopted other approaches to prevent discrimination. This session will examine the challenges to litigating Batson claims, suggest ways to improve the likelihood of prevailing on a Batson objection, and explore what other jurisdictions are doing to prevent discrimination.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Bright

Stephen Bright

Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School
Stephen B. Bright is visiting professor of law at the Georgetown Law Center and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. He spent 34 years at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, first as director for 22 years and then as president and senior counsel through 2016.  He... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 1

10:00am EDT

Best Practices Assessment and Intervention for Adolescents
For this presentation we will cover ATSA guidelines for best practices on assessment and treatment interventions to lower reoffending risk for adolescents who have sexually offended.

We will cover ATSA guidelines on the Risk Needs Responsivity model and discuss the potential for more harm and increased risk through intervention that does not match the risk of the adolescent.

Research tells us that adolescents are extremely low risk. Yet punishments are often unhelpful and can also make them worse and higher risk. We will explain how and why this happens and share how the RNR model can be used to guide decision making for youth who have offended.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Farrington

Katherine Farrington

co-CEO and Clinical Director, Skipped Parts Counseling
Katherine (Katie) is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient therapy. Katherine is experienced in providing group therapy, couple's therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy. Katherine specializes in working with clients... Read More →
avatar for Marie Grace

Marie Grace

Co-CEO and Clinical Director, Skipped Parts Counseling
Marie is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and am a board approved supervisor for LMFT and the MN Board of Behavioral Health for LPCC license. She has worked in a variety of community and secure settings with juveniles, adults and families who have struggled with chemical... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 4

10:00am EDT

Black and Queer: Demonstrating Tough Conversations in Public Defender Communities
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.


Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Roseberry

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 →

Speakers
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Byron Conway

Attorney, Federal Defender Program
avatar for Connor Barusch

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 →
avatar for Nana Yankah

Nana Yankah

Legal Aid Society of DC
Nana Yankah 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 from Emmanuel College in Boston.During law school, Nana was a student attorney in the DC Law Students in Court (Criminal Division... Read More →
avatar for Twyla Carter

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

10:00am EDT

Burnout or Moral Injury: Why Language Matters
A brief introduction about moral injury, how it is related to burnout, and how it applies in public defense.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Andrews

Jenny Andrews

Senior Deputy Public Defender, Santa Barbara County Public Defender
A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast in Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as a public defender in Oakland, California in 1996, but left after... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Meryl Carver-Allmond

Meryl Carver-Allmond

Capital Appellate Defender, Kansas Capital Appellate Defender
Meryl Carver-Allmond is a Kansas capital appellate defender. A 2005 University of Kansas School of Law graduate, she began her career as a research attorney for the Hon. Gary Rulon, former Chief Judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals. After four years with the Kansas Appellate Defender... Read More →
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John Lopez

Development Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia
John Lopez currently works in Philadelphia with the Defender Association and teaches at Drexel Law.  At the Defender, John’s main role is as a Development Attorney to mentor new attorneys through their first year at the office.  He also carries a trial docket and is on the Recruitment... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Dean

Wendy Dean

CEO and Cofounder, Moral Injury of Healthcare
Wendy Dean, MD is the President/CEO, and co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare, a nonprofit organization addressing the crisis of clinician distress. She and her co-founder, Simon G. Talbot, MD, began the conversation about moral injury in healthcare with the publication of... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 3

10:00am EDT

Client Centered Internships: Creating and Running a Successful Internship Program
Internships are a critical tool for recruiting, training, and empowering the next generation of public defense professionals.  A successful internship program will benefit your clients, your office staff, and your interns alike...but it requires some work to pull off!  Join Georgia Sims, Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the Nashville Defenders, as she shares how Nashville developed a successful internship program that employs undergraduates, social work and other non-law graduate students, and law students.  She'll also provide practical advice and pointers for hosting and supervising student interns in the real (or virtual) world.

Speakers
avatar for Georgia Sims

Georgia Sims

Asst. Deputy Public Defender, Nashville Defenders
Georgia Sims is a Nashville native and attended Vanderbilt University Law School and received the 2008-09 Damali A. Booker Award in recognition of her commitment to public service. Ms. Sims joined the Nashville Defenders in 2009 as an Assistant Public Defender.  She was a supervising... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 5

10:00am EDT

Consumer Electronics and the IoT (Internet of Things): The Next Wave of Digital Evidence in Litigation
Our world is becoming increasingly hyper-connected. The objective of the Internet of things is for everything to communicate and interface with everything. From wearable technology and smart home assistants, to Internet connected medical ingestibles and social credit scores, more data is being collected about us than ever, and this data can and is being used in litigation.

This class will explain how this data is collected from the Internet of things devices, and the places that they store data such as the cloud, cell phones, and computers. Cases involving Internet of things devices such as digital pacemakers, fitness wearables, and smart home assistants will be discussed, with an eye to the future of how this data will become more prevalent and pervasive.

Speakers
avatar for Lars Daniel

Lars Daniel

Practice Leader: Digital Forensics, Envista Forensics
Full service digital forensics firm: computer, cell phone, cellular location, GPS, radio frequency verification forensics , expert witness testimony.


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 14

10:00am EDT

De-Escalation
This session teaches advocates how to diffuse a situation when a client faces especially challenging circumstances. Clients are facing very difficult situations, and the role of attorneys is to understand the complexities of their mental state and work effectively with them during this time. Attendees will learn practice tips and strategies to apply in their cases.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Beaubien

Shane Beaubien

Special Investigator, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Shane Beaubien is a 2001 graduate of Murray State University. He is currently the investigator with the Frankfort Trial Office. Prior to this, he worked for 14 years in the Murray Trial Office. In 2009, Shane was the recipient of the Rosa Parks Award for courageous investigation on... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 6

10:00am EDT

Deep Forgiveness
This session will explore the unaddressed internal Trauma and Pain that individuals keep bottled up inside suffering in silence. It’s aim will be to help participants to navigate their pain with a lenses of empathy and understand, while having those Difficult, but Courageous conversation, necessary for them to move towards Healing, Reconciliation and Forgiveness in their personal life, organization and community. Moving from Bondage to Freedom. 

Speakers
avatar for Darryl Green

Darryl Green

President and Principal Consultant, Deep Forgiveness
Darryl C. Green is an American author, coach and motivational speaker who has transformed the lives of many both domestically and internationally with his message of healing, reconciliation and deep forgiveness.  Green is President and Principal Consultant of Deep Forgiveness, a... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 12

10:00am EDT

Enhance Your Story With Visual Aids: Help Them See and Feel What You Say
This session will explore ways to advance storytelling through the use of numerous visual aids. It will include a brief overview on the importance of utilizing storytelling as an effective means of persuasion, but mainly focus on concrete ways to use visuals in court, and online, to allow fact finders to better comprehend and retain information conveyed.

Speakers
avatar for Patrice Fulcher

Patrice Fulcher

Director of Training, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Patrice Fulcher is the Director of Training for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD).  She joined OPD in 2015, and is responsible for heading the Agency’s Gideon’s Promise Certified New Hire Attorney Training Program, Annual Conference, and developing/managing all... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

Ethical Considerations During a Pandemic
This session will examine a number of ethical issues concerning client representation during the pandemic for attorneys and investigators.


Speakers
avatar for Rodney Uphoff

Rodney Uphoff

Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor Emeritus of Law & Director of the University of Missouri South Africa Educational Program, University of Missouri
Prof. Rodney J. Uphoff is Elwood  Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Missouri.  Before joining the MU faculty in 2001, Uphoff taught at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and University of Wisconsin Law School. Before becoming a law professor... Read More →
avatar for Peter Joy

Peter Joy

Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, Washington University School of Law
Professor Peter Joy is well known for his work in legal ethics, clinical legal education, criminal justice, and trial practice. Professor Joy has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on legal ethics, lawyer and judicial professionalism, clinical legal education... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 8

10:00am EDT

Thriving in Challenging Times
With everything that's going on, it's natural to feel anxious or overwhelmed sometimes. To help, lawyer and mindfulness expert Jonathan Krop will share some fundamental skills for lawyers to bring calm, clarity, and focus into their lives and work. Jon will guide participants through short practices, tailored to a lawyer’s unique challenges and busy workday, that sharpen focus, calm the mind, and cultivate resilience in the face of anxiety and stress.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Krop

Jon Krop

Founder, Mindfulness for Lawyers
Jon Krop, J.D., is the founder of Mindfulness for Lawyers. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the Pentagon, public defender's offices, Fortune 100 companies, and 60 top law firms.After graduating from Harvard Law School, Jon clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 2

10:00am EDT

Zealous: Community and Collaboration
This session will challenge defenders to grapple with what it means to work for and with individuals they represent and communities directly impacted by the criminal legal system 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 accountablity and decarceration during covid to understand the underlying questions, the intellectual frameworks, and the skills needed for building multidimensional campaigns, including working with people and communities defenders represent, as well as community organizations and artists.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Hechinger

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Tylek

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 →
avatar for Qiana Johnson

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 →
avatar for Keith Lotridge

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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Jose Saldana

Director, RAPP Campaign
Jose Hamza Saldana is the Director of RAPP, the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign. RAPP is a grassroots community organizing and advocacy campaign co-founded by a collective of formerly incarcerated people. RAPP works to end mass incarceration and promote racial justice through... Read More →
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David George

Associate Director, RAPP Campaign
avatar for Claire Glenn

Claire Glenn

Public Defender, Prince George's County Office of the Public Defender
Claire Glenn is an Assistant Public Defender 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 forms.  Before becoming... Read More →


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

11:15am EDT

Racial Justice - Jeffery Robinson
Speakers
avatar for Jeffery Robinson

Jeffery Robinson

Deputy Legal Director, ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality
Jeffery Robinson is a deputy legal director and the director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which houses the organization's work on criminal justice, racial justice, and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has three decades of... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

A Parent Defense Dream Team: Parents Advocating for Parents
As bleak as the child welfare landscape feels these days, the level of indigent parent defense has continued to RISE. Interdisciplinary legal representation is now accepted as a best practice across the country. Many states and local jurisdictions have worked incredibly hard to include social workers, peer mentors and social justice advocates on their parent defense teams, creating a community of lawyers and advocates who are holding child welfare professionals and courts accountable and impacting policy and legislation. We fight to treat families with more dignity and respect. The fight is far from over. Colorado has created a true interdisciplinary contractor model to provide enhanced advocacy for parents struggling to navigate the child welfare system. Our parent advocates are joining parent defense legal teams and giving parents hope. We will discuss why our stories matter and how peer advocacy on legal teams impacts the quality of legal representation and policy advocacy within a contractor model.

Meet the two parent advocates you will be talking to during our discussion: 
Jenny Chestnut, BA, CAT
After decades of addiction, abuse, and criminal behavior ended in the culmination of a 5-year prison sentence, her children lost in the foster care system, and everything she owned gone forever, it could have easily been the end for Jenny. However, through these dark, scary, and lonely days, the hope that things could be different was never far from her mind. After leaving prison, the weeks and months that followed were extremely difficult. Starting your life again from scratch is a challenge like no other. Four years after being incarcerated Jenny founded and is the Executive Director of No More Locked Doors Ministries (NMLD), a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. NMLD is a reentry organization that supports and mentors’ women who are being released from prison. Jenny splits her professional time between NMLD and her job as a Parent Advocate for the Office of Respondent Parent Council. In this role, she is able to draw from her life experience with the child welfare system, and support and advocate for parents who have just had their children taken away. Jenny is passionate about keeping women out of prison and in their children’s lives.
Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, she is a Certified Addiction Technician in the State of Colorado, and serves on several task forces and committees relating to domestic violence, reentry and prison reform, and social justice. Jenny has three adult children and a kitten who are the highlights of her life.

Nate Hailpern:  Nate is an ORPC Parent Advocate using his life experiences to guide and advocate for parents trying to reunite their families. Nate entered the foster care system at age 8 and survived 26 different foster homes. The Colorado courts severed his parental rights to his mother, but he later begged a judge to allow him to return home as a teenager. Nate struggled with his family and with the system. As a teenager Nate used and sold drugs, struggled with depression, lost sight in one eye, and experienced a lot of hopelessness. At age 18, Nate served two years in federal prison. As a new parent, the child welfare system returned to Nate’s life, removing his one-year-old child and sending Nate into another hopeless spiral. Nate was able to comply with some of what the child welfare system required and he and his wife quickly reunited their family the first time. But the state’s interventions became more demanding. Nate returned to selling drugs and stopped complying with court ordered services. This time the child welfare system removed his son and their 6-month-old baby. The state filed to terminate their parental rights. Nate and his wife worked as a team, shifted their mindset, worked with their court-appointed attorneys, and achieved the impossible. After a three-day contested termination hearing in court, they won their case. This resulted in more time to rebuild their life and seek the return of their two babies.

Nate and his wife are raising their four children with love and optimism in beautiful Georgetown, CO. They never thought they could turn this story into a positive force to help others, but both Nate and his wife are now joining parent defense teams as peer advocates in Colorado to help parents maintain the hope that they too can heal their families and thrive without system intervention.


Speakers
avatar for Jenny Chestnut

Jenny Chestnut

Executive Director, No More Locked Doors Ministries
After decades of addiction, abuse, and criminal behavior ended in the culmination of a 5-year prison sentence, her children lost in the foster care system, and everything she owned gone forever, it could have easily been the end for Jenny. However, through these dark, scary, and lonely... Read More →
avatar for Nate Hailpern

Nate Hailpern

Parent Advocate, Colorado Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Nate is an ORPC Parent Advocate using his life experiences to guide and advocate for parents trying to reunite their families. Nate entered the foster care system at age 8 and survived 26 different foster homes. The Colorado courts severed his parental rights to his mother, but he... Read More →
avatar for Jill Cohen

Jill Cohen

Social Worker - Director of Programs, Colorado Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Jill is the Social Worker - Director of Programs at the Colorado Office Respondent Parents’ Counsel where she helps parents’ attorneys obtain resources for their parent defense teams across the state. Jill recruits and trains social workers, parent advocates and experts who want... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 2

12:15pm EDT

Chance Meeting, Changed Life: Trauma-Sensitive Engagement for Non-Lawyers
Working in the criminal legal field, we often see people on their worst days. The stress, anxiety, worry, and frustration over their legal case and underlying life circumstances pours out and often onto us. These chance meetings with clients can be challenging at best, sometimes effecting how we interact with and engage clients seeking assistance. The goal of this presentation is to understand the psychology and physiology of what happened to our clients prior to their criminal legal involvement, effecting their reactivity, impulsivity, and anxiety. We will then learn how to use client-centered therapy techniques of unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, and perspective-taking to engage distressed clients with care and without judgment while minimizing our reactions during challenging interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanne Cline Thornton

Stephanne Cline Thornton

Criminal Justice Specialist, Public Defender Services (WV)
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the Criminal Justice Specialist for Public Defender Services’ Public Defender Corporation Resource Center, where she assists public defenders across the state with research and mitigation. Ms. Thornton also conducts mitigation trainings and writes grants... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 7

12:15pm EDT

Direct in Action: Creating a Powerful Direct Exam by Putting it in Action
This workshop will discuss ways to take a direct exam and to put it in action, in the present tense, and connect it with the jury in a way that lets them “see” what the witness is telling them.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Chapdelaine

Jeff Chapdelaine

Attorney, Forensic Social Worker, and Forensic Drama Therapist, Chapdelaine Consulting and Training
Jeff Chapdelaine, JD, LICSW is an Attorney, Forensic Social Worker, and Forensic Drama Therapist based in Boston Massachusetts.  He represents clients in both Criminal and Civil cases. He consults nationally on plaintiff’s civil cases and on cases where people are accused of committing... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 11

12:15pm EDT

Effective Communication with Clients from Different Backgrounds
Every public defense practitioner will work with clients who come from different socio-economic and racial backgrounds than theirs. Since developing a trusting and productive client relationship is critical to providing successful client-centered representation, effective communication between client and defense team is a crucial building block. This session will provide nuts and bolts for developing healthy and beneficial client relationships, with an eye on the differences that challenge many of us and also delve into how these dynamics impact both the client and the case.


Speakers
avatar for Nikki Roberts

Nikki Roberts

Founder, Director, Cage Free Communications LLC
NIKKI ROBERTS is a justice-involved Black queer writer, public speaker, advocate, activist, and consultant who’s studied both Mass Communications and Theology on collegiate levels. Nikki served 10 years without parole in Georgia’s state prison system from 2004 -2014 and frequently... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 12

12:15pm EDT

Former LE How it Made Me Become a Defense Investigator
Do you have the mind-set of “Once an Officer, Always an Officer”? If you answer yes, allow me to challenge your perspective. I will share with you the inspiration and experience behind my career choices. I will take you through my journey while working in law enforcement. Finally, I will share a story that challenged me to address my double standards and set them free. I hope I can motivate you to always remember the reason you do what you do. Always Be the Best You!

Speakers
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Ashlee Metilor

Chief Investigator, Nashville Defenders
Ashlee Metilor received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, from Tennessee State University in 2007. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s office as an Investigator in 2017, Ashlee began her professional career as a social services coordinator for Diersen Charities... Read More →
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Rick Griner

Criminal Investigator, Nashville Public Defender's Office
Rick grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Northern Arizona University with his Criminal Justice degree. Three days after graduation, he started his law enforcement career with the Chandler Arizona Police Department. He held numerous positions and assignments and was promoted to sergeant... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 10

12:15pm EDT

How to Become an "Atkins" Qualified Mitigation Specialist
Storytelling is the heart and soul of an effective Atkins claim. 

In this session, we will learn how to get into "the Atkins mindset" - and recognize the subtle signs of ID in our cases.

The truth is, a client with ID go to great lengths to hide their disability even thought it could save their life. This highlights the essential role of the capital mitigation specialist. We have to uncover what our clients are so desperately trying to hide.

The conversation will feature: The Three Generation Pedigree, AAIDD Risk Factors, Educational Chronology & Educational Snapshot, Adaptive Functioning Charting, Neurotoxic Exposure and much more.

This session offers an introduction to the nuances of the complexities of Intellectual Disability, with an eye towards aquatinting mitigation specialist with the law & science of ID and the many obstacles to discovering, documenting & effectively litigating this crucial issue in capital cases. Focus on learning how to effectively document ID and educate members of the capital defense team about the issue (ie lawyers who may have difficulties getting past stereotypes & misconception). 


Speakers
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Juliet Yackel

Attorney & Capital Mitigation Specialist, Law Offices of Juliet Yackel, Evanston, IL
Juliet's mission is to protect persons with intellectual disability from the death penalty, and to help others learn how to detect and advocate for persons with ID.Juliet has been representing capital defendants for 28 years since graduating from Tulane Law School in 1992. She entered... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 6

12:15pm EDT

It's Time Move and Finish What You Started
This session will help participants identify barriers and actions to take in support of important goals. Specific techniques to eliminate or reduce barriers and deal with procrastination will be discussed. Participants will also have an opportunity to walk through a goals exercise that can improve progress and move toward the Finish line.

Speakers
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Pamela Love Manning

President, DP Love Enterprises
“Dr. Pam Love” is the founder of the Finishers Network, an inspirational speaker and has extensive training and leadership consulting experience. Pam has coached and conducted workshops nationally and internationally, has taught for a number of universities including the University... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 5

12:15pm EDT

Juvenile Brain Development
Speakers
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Mark Cunningham

Ph.D., ABPP, Mark D. Cunningham
Mark D. Cunningham, Ph.D., ABPP is a Seattle-based, board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist, researcher, and prolific scholar, authoring more than 60 publications that have been cited an aggregate of 1400+ times in the scholarly literature, as well as by SCOTUS (Moore v... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 13

12:15pm EDT

TBD
Speakers
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David Singleton

Executive Director, The Ohio Justice and Policy Center
David Singleton received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1991, and his A.B. in Economics and Public Policy, cum laude, from Duke University in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, David received a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Legal Action Center for the Homeless... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 14

12:15pm EDT

The Connection Between Well-Being and Racial Justice
Speakers
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Rhonda V. Magee

Mindfulness Teacher, Author, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 3

12:15pm EDT

Trauma & The Pandemic
Speakers
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Megan Perrin, Ph.D., MPH

Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, Neuroanalytics, LLC
Dr. Perrin is a Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As a neuropsychologist, she is an expert at examining the relationship between the brain and behavior.  She relies on comprehensive clinical interviews and data from objective measures... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 8

12:15pm EDT

Utilizing a racial trauma informed approach when working with juvenile clients of color
This session will explore the challenges faced by juvenile clients of color within the criminal justice system. Specifically, this session will discuss the impact of race related stress and trauma on the experience of juvenile clients of color. Additionally, this session will highlight steps for including a racial trauma informed lens when engaging with juvenile clients of color. Lastly, this session will provide tools for communicating a racial trauma informed narrative within the court setting. 

Speakers
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Collective Care Center at Spalding University

Assistant Professor, Spalding University
Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP  is Spalding University’s Chief Diversity Officer and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kniffley's area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males and the treatment of... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 4

12:15pm EDT

Writing and Editing Tips
Speakers
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Marilena David-Martin

Deputy Director, MichiganState Appellate Defender Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center
Marilena David-Martin is Deputy Director at the State Appellate Defender Office. She represents indigent individuals appealing felony convictions. Marilena manages the Criminal Defense Resource Center and provides training, resources, and support to the criminal defense bar. She launched... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 1

12:15pm EDT

Zealous: Intentional Language and Strategic Communications
A session on intentional use of language and strategies for how to translate what we know as defenders inside of court into strategic messaging outside in order to shift the narrative and not inadvertently further entrench the status quo.

Speakers
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Amber English Coleman

Director of Communications, Civil Rights Corps
Amber comes to Civil Rights Corps with experience in communications, advocacy, and public engagement. Prior to joining CRC, she was the Manager of External Affairs for YWCA National Capital Area. While there, she advanced the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through... Read More →
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Crystal Maloney

Chief of Innovation and Strategy, Zealous
Crystal is an attorney, social media strategist, and social justice advocate. Prior to Zealous, Crystal worked on indigent defense cases in Oregon, provided legal support to protesters, and developed social media strategy for The Appeal. She now leads strategic vision and innovation for Zealous, helps develop and implement all aspects of defender advocacy and communications, and activates and supports public defenders in leveraging their experience and expertise to move policy reform and shift the public narrative... Read More →
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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 →


Friday March 19, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 9

2:00pm EDT

Black and Queer Part 2: Turning Tough Conversations into Jury Selection
For this session, it's recommended that you have attended Part A.  We will talk about how to use some of the tough conversations that we hope you were inspired to have by Part A to generate ideas and a plan to deselect your jury.  Because our tough conversation was about race and SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity), our focus in jury deselection will be on using the tough conversations we had earlier to generate strategic jury deselection.

Speakers
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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 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 from Emmanuel College in Boston.During law school, Nana was a student attorney in the DC Law Students in Court (Criminal Division... 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 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 7

2:00pm EDT

Building a Holistic Policy Practice
In fall 2019, The Bronx Defenders created a first-of-its-kind holistic, interdisciplinary policy team.  The team is made up of attorneys, social workers, and policy advocates from each of BxD's practices -- criminal defense, family defense, civil action, immigration, and social work -- who split time between direct representation and legislative and policy work.  Our presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges that come with embedding a policy team in a direct representation practice, including: centering questions of racial equity; incorporating client and community input in setting policy priorities; ensuring effective communication across practice areas; initiating and sustaining effective policy campaigns; coordinating communications and organizing strategies; and balancing abolitionist aims with political realities.  We will also use examples from our recent and ongoing campaigns (ending driver's license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees, repealing police secrecy laws, jail conditions during covid, and sentencing reform).  

Speakers
avatar for Scott Levy

Scott Levy

Chief Policy Counsel, Bronx Defenders
As Chief Policy Counsel, Scott oversees The Bronx Defenders public policy agenda, coordinating and advancing policy reform work across the criminal, family, social work, immigration, and civil practices.  He supervises an interdisciplinary team of advocates working on legislative... Read More →
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Julia Solomons

Sr. Policy Social Worker, CDP, Bronx Defenders
Julia Solomons is a social worker in the Criminal Defense Practice. She received her Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. While pursuing her graduate degree she interned with the Office of City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveríto, leading... Read More →
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Brittany McCoy

Policy Associate, The Bronx Defenders
Brittany McCoy (she, her, hers) is a graduate of Virginia State University and holds a B.A in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. Brittany’s passion for activism and politics was born in the 10th grade during the movements to end unconstitutional Stop and Frisk tactics in... Read More →
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Eli Northrup

Policy Counsel, Criminal Defense Practice, Bronx Defenders
Eli Northrup has been working at the Bronx Defenders since 2015 where he handles both felony and misdemeanor cases and is a member of the Policy Team. Prior to joining the Bronx Defenders, Eli served as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic... Read More →
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Dawit Getachew

Chief Policy Counsel, CDP, Bronx Defenders
Dawit received his J.D from CUNY School of Law where he was a Graduate Fellow. While at CUNY, Dawit represented individuals charged with crimes in Queens County as a student attorney through the Defenders Clinic and participated in CUNY's CLEAR project. Dawit spent his 1L summer at... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 1

2:00pm EDT

Conceptualizing the Goals of Post-Conviction Litigation
Speakers
avatar for John Blume

John Blume

Samuel F. Leibowtiz Professor of Trial Techniques, Cornell Law School
John Blume is the Samuel F Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques at Cornell Law School and he also serves as Habeas Assistance and Training Counsel for the Defender Services Branch of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.  He has argued eight cases in the Supreme... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 6

2:00pm EDT

Demystifying DNA: An Introduction to DNA Mixtures and Probabilistic Genotyping
DNA evidence carries a patina of objectivity, but its interpretation can be a subjective enterprise prone to bias, particularly when it comes to DNA mixtures.  Software programs purported to “solve” the problem of complex mixtures perpetuate many existing issues while creating new ones.  This session will help you spot legal and scientific issues related to DNA mixture evidence.


Speakers
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Kate Philpott

Special Counsel-Consultant, Forensic Defense Strategies
KATE PHILPOTT is a forensic consultant serving a number of organizations including public defender offices and innocence projects, a researcher at a large public university, and an adjunct lecturer in undergraduate and law schools programs.  In the past she served as Forensic Staff... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 9

2:00pm EDT

Formal and Informal Feedback - Connecting Organizations to New Evaluation Processes
The role of managers providing feedback to support their staff's development is sometimes an unappealing or even dreaded tasks.  It takes time, thought and sometime difficult conversations with colleagues that may not be receptive.  In this discussion, we will navigate best practices to help managers engage in informal and formal conversations that will lend itself to a constructive feedback process - also known as performance evaluations. 

Speakers
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Chantá Parker

Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Chantá Parker is the Managing Director of Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit, a public defense organization known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice.
avatar for Danté Taylor

Danté Taylor

HR Manager, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Leader in people and organizational success and development with over sixteen years of broad generalist experience in Human Resources supporting client groups as sole HR representative as well as team HR for client groups of hundreds of employees across multiple locations, domestic... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 5

2:00pm EDT

Once Upon a Trial: The Power of Story and Powerful Openings
Speakers
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Paul Rudof

Attorney, Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff
Paul Rudof is a partner at Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he specializes in state and federal criminal defense.Before entering private practice, Paul worked for 18 years as a Massachusetts state public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 13

2:00pm EDT

Opportunities, Failures, and The Road Ahead: the Public Defender response to COVID-19
When the pandemic hit, jail populations were quick to drop but then began to creep back to their pre-pandemic levels. State prisons were slower to respond and their populations have declined, but mostly through reduced or delayed admissions rather than increased releases. With some powerful visuals, the Prison Policy Initiative will review the data and then discuss strategies to preserve and expand the decarceration efforts of the last year.

Speakers
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Peter Wagner

Executive Director, Prison Policy Initiative
Peter Wagner is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative. He co-founded the Prison Policy Initiative in 2001 in order to spark a national discussion about the negative side effects of mass incarceration. His report, Importing Constituents: Prisoners and... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 8

2:00pm EDT

PD Self Care Study
Speakers
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Justin "Jay" Miller

Dean, University of Kentucky School of Social Work
Justin “Jay” Miller was appointed Dean and Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education in July 2019. At the time of his appointment, Dean Miller was the youngest dean in the country. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, Master of... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 3

2:00pm EDT

Project Witness
Project Witness is a partnership between the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY), YouTube, and Google using immersive VR (virtual reality) and Google Lens technologies to build awareness of the conditions of childhood incarceration. Project Witness features the stories of six individuals who were incarcerated as children and depicts the extreme forms of punishment imposed on incarcerated children in the United States. Through the VR shared film session participants can see the experience of prison through the eyes of a child, with narration from people who experienced childhood incarceration firsthand.

After watching the video panel members who were confined under such conditions, will share their experiences and answer questions if time permits.

Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

President & CEO, Expand Now LLC
Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has... Read More →
avatar for Laura Berry

Laura Berry

Regional Connector/End Solitary Co-Chair, ICAN/DecARcerate
Laura went to prison at the age of 17 for being an accessory to murder. Sentenced to life w/o parole; and served 32 1/2 years; before being released under “Fair Sentencing of Minors Act” in Arkansas. In which CFSY played a huge part in the passage of this act. Since her release... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Ellis

Eddie Ellis

Co-Director of Outreach & Member Services, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth
Eddie Ellis joined the CFSY team as the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN) Coordinator in early 2018. In this role, he works with ICAN members across the country, connecting them to each other and with local resources. He also works with other directly impacted communities... Read More →
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Johnny Perez

Director of US Prisons Program, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Drawing on the wisdom of thirteen years of direct involvement with the criminal justice system, Mr. Johnny Perez works as the Director of the U.S. Prisons Program for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, an interfaith membership organization comprised of 325 religious... Read More →
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Xavier McElrath-Bey

Represent Justice Ambassador and Co-Executive Director, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth
Xavier McElrath-Bey is a champion for the human rights of incarcerated children. Through his work as the Co-Executive Director and National Advocate of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Xavier fights to abolish “life without parole” for children in America. In recent... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 12

2:00pm EDT

Re-Imagining Investigations: A Short Course
This presentation helps investigators and attorneys recognize flawed investigations and gives them the analytical tools to demonstrate those flaws in a way that is understandable to a jury.

Speakers
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Thomas Lancaster

Investigator and Owner, Lancaster Investigations, LLC
Tom Lancaster is the owner of Lancaster Investigations, LLC, a Maryland investigative and intelligence analysis agency specializing in criminal defense investigations. Mr. Lancaster has more than 30 years of military and civilian investigative and forensics experience from various... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 10

2:00pm EDT

Representing Parents with Disabilities: Strategies and Solutions
People with disabilities--including intellectual, psychiatric, physical, and sensory disabilities--are increasingly having children. Simultaneously, extensive research documents disproportionately high rates of child welfare system involvement and termination of parental rights among parents with disabilities and their children. This session will describe strategies and solutions for representing parents with disabilities. In particular, it will examine the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the child welfare system as well as recent court decisions and investigations by the federal government.

Speakers
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Robyn Powell

Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor, Stetson University Law
Robyn Powell joined Stetson University College of Law in August 2020 as a Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor, where she teaches Disability Law. Dr. Powell is also a co-investigator at the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities at Brandeis University.As a disabled... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 2

2:00pm EDT

Unlikely Allies: Ways to Use Research in Epidemiology to Tell Our Clients' Lived-Experiences
Utilizing the host, vector, environment, and agent, the Epidemiological Triangle will be used to explain Social Germ Transmission of Racism and Inequality SGTRI Conceptual Model. The SGTRI Epidemiological Triangle visually depicts racism, injustice, hatred, or White supremacy as social germs transmitted by humans. Demonstrate ways that the SGTRI and the pathology of the social germs of racism and white supremacy impact the client and client community.


Speakers
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Sharon Jones-Eversley

Associate Professor, Towson University, Family Studies and Community Development Department
Sharon D. Jones-Eversley, DrPH, is an Associate Professor at Towson University in the Family Studies and Community Development Department. Dr. Jones-Eversley earned a Doctorate in Public Health from Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. Her interdisciplinary... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 4

2:00pm EDT

Utilizing & Recruiting Interns in the Midst of COVID
Speakers
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Terri Collins-Green

Director of Social Work, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Terri Collins-Green, LCSW-C is the Director of Social Work for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  Mrs. Collins-Green has been with MOPD for nearly ten years, beginning her career with MOPD as a line social worker, she was promoted to Regional Social Work Manager, and finally... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 14
  Workshops/Breakouts
  • Subject Social Work
  • about Terri Collins-Green, LCSW-C is the Director of Social Work for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. &nbsp;Mrs. Collins-Green has been with MOPD for nearly ten years, beginning her career with MOPD as a line social worker, she was promoted to Regional Social Work Manager, and finally Director of Social Work in 2018. &nbsp; In 2016, she was the recipient of the MOPD’s Jane Addams, Believer of Justice Award. &nbsp; She also serves as a faculty member for the MOPD’s Gideon’s Promise, new attorney training program conducting sessions on Secondary Trauma and Sentencing Advocacy.<br><br>Mrs. Collins-Green is also an Adjunct Professor with Morgan University, School of Social Work, teaching master level classes in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Public Child Welfare. She is a field instructor for social work interns from Morgan University and University of Maryland. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from Behavioral Tech.<br> <br>Mrs. Collins-Green has been a Maryland state employee for over 20 years, and has worked in a variety of social work settings which include child welfare, outpatient mental health therapy, residential psychiatric adolescent care, and forensic social work. Mrs. Collins-Green holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Towson University and a MSW from University of Maryland. Mrs. Collins-Green is a motorcycle rider enthusiast during her free time.

2:00pm EDT

Warrior Motion Practice - Innovative Written Advocacy
This course promotes the use of motion practice as a tool to address and challenge fundamental and/or social wrongs. It encourages lawyers to think outside the bounds of traditional legal and motion practice and use whatever relevant legal mechanisms necessary to construct cogent, persuasive arguments. The focus is on pre-trial motions, as opposed to suppression motions or motions in limine.

Speakers
avatar for Zamir Ben-Dan

Zamir Ben-Dan

Staff Attorney and Representative, Black Attorneys of Legal Aid (BALA) Caucus
Community justice and criminal defense attorney; adjunct professor


Friday March 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 11

3:15pm EDT

#SayOurNames
In  this  session,  you  will  have  women  who  are  living proof that there’s more to women returning citizens, then their conviction. The women will discuss their challenges, barriers, and lessons learned from being incarcerated and how each person deals with their unique struggles due to intersectionality. Topics covered include: 

  • Why it is essential to humanize people who have been directly impacted by incarceration. Seeing us as people first; not inmates, defendants, ex-felons, convicts. etc. After being relegated to second class citizenship, it’s vital that we are seen.
  • We want people to be educated on issues of injustice, it is not our responsibility to teach. If we choose to, that is a decision that we are making; not an obligation we feel. 
  • Systemic changes to the criminal legal system won’t happen unless people directly impacted are leading the movement; not asked for feedback after decisions have already been made for us. 
  • Criminal justice reform is a racial/social justice issue. There are collateral consequences of incarceration that feed the cycle of poverty and marginalization of communities of color: job insecurity, lack of adequate healthcare, felonism (*the systemic, institutionalized prejudice against people suspected or convicted of a felony. This prejudice often extends to people who support individuals with a criminal history), etc.  
  • The intersectionality of sexism, racism, classism and felonism that formerly incarcerated women face.
  • Bring the audience proximate to the formerly incarcerated community allows them to see the humanity of those effected. We are more than felons or convicts. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts.  Getting to know us as people is the first step in changing the narrative surrounding the incarcerated.
*www.urbandictionary.com

Speakers
avatar for Rasheeda Lawrence

Rasheeda Lawrence

Social Worker, State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Rasheeda Lawrence earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work during her career working with incarcerated men, returning citizens and those suffering with substance use disorders. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Criminal... Read More →
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Tyra Patterson

Community Outreach Strategist, Artist, Activist, Ohio Justice & Policy Center
Tyra Patterson was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. On December 25, 2017, she walked out of prison after serving 23 years for crimes she did not commit. Today, Tyra speaks all over the country, leveraging her story to educate people on injustice and the need for systemic change... Read More →
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Catherine Jones

Co-Director of Outreach and Partnership Development, The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Catherine Jones was incarcerated at the age of 13 for murder. She was released when she was 30. Her experiences with the penal system sparked a passion inside of her to be a voice for those she left behind. In her role at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, she works to... Read More →
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Lori James-Townes

President & CEO, Expand Now LLC
Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:15pm EDT

25 is the new 18: Protecting Emerging Adult Clients
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. 

Speakers
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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

4:15pm EDT

COVID-19 and Due Process
This training will focus on due process issues related to litigating cases during the COVID pandemic. Topics can include issues with jury selection, public access to courts, witness testimony, use of remote/video testimony, speedy trial, and best health practices in offices and in court. The presentation is designed to be modular and specific areas can be expanded or removed based on other presentations.  

Speakers
avatar for Joe Medici

Joe Medici

Chief Counsel - Legal Department, Ohio Public Defender
Joe Medici is the Chief Counsel of the Legal Department for the Ohio Public Defender. The Legal Department provides resources, advice, and representation to adults in Ohio in a variety of post-conviction processes and hearings, including appeals, writs, parole hearings, and post-conviction... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 8

4:15pm EDT

Crafting Better Arguments
While you cannot win an appeal without a sound legal argument, the most critical part of your brief is the story you tell. Storytelling is the primary way people pass information to each other. We find strong storytellers everywhere: in politics, religion, business, and our courts. A powerful story engages the reader and draws them into your brief. Judges and law clerks rely heavily on storytelling. The more experienced the reader, the more they find storytelling briefs to be effective. For the appellate defender, storytelling is critical. This session will focus on how to incorporate storytelling into your writing and other advocacy. While this session is intended for lawyers who spend a lot of time writing, it is applicable to anyone who appears before a court, at trial or on appeal.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Stearns

Travis Stearns

Attorney, Washington Appellate Project
Travis Stearns is an advocate for the right to counsel for all disenfranchised persons. He has worked in public defense most of his career, currently with the Washington Appellate Project and as the NLADA's Appellate Defender Training program director. A graduate of George Washington... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 1

4:15pm EDT

Disrupting the Cycle: Representing Transition-Aged Foster Youth in the Criminal Justice System
Every year about 20,000 youth age out of our Nation’s foster care system. Studies have repeatedly, and unsurprisingly found that they will interact with the criminal justice system as significantly higher rates than their peers. One such study found that as many as 42% were arrested between the ages of 19-23. This means that most, if not all, criminal defense attorneys will represent current or former foster youth at some point. This session will discuss the relationship between foster care and the criminal justice system, things attorneys should consider when representing transition aged foster youth, and ideas for adapting practices or strategies to improve outcomes for young people. In addition, it will describe the recent extension of foster care past the age of 18; and highlight the implications of criminal justice involvement on a young person’s participation in extended foster care and ways that extended foster care can be used in a defense.


Speakers
avatar for Erin Palacios

Erin Palacios

Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Erin Palacios is a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center. Focused at the intersection points of multiple youth-serving agencies, her work seeks the critical reinvestment of resources required to replace punitive delinquency responses with community-based systems of care. In close... Read More →
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Marty Feinman

Director of Juvenile Delinquency Training, The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice
Marty Feinman is the Director of Juvenile Delinquency Training for the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. In addition to training staff at the Legal Aid Society, Marty has provided trainings for other organizations in New York State as well as at the... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 14

4:15pm EDT

From Margin to Center: Putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Practice
Organizations across the country have added the role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer/Chief/Director
to their organizational chart. What do you need to know before hiring a DEI officer or advocating for this
position? In this presentation, you’ll hear from DEI professionals at three different public defender offices, learn
how this role can operate in your office, pitfalls to avoid, and how to champion the cause of equity and
inclusion within smaller offices.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Ponder

Danielle Ponder

Professor, SUNY Brockport, Department of African American Studies
Danielle Ponder is a musician and attorney. A native of New York she performs internationally with her band She is a Professor in the Department of African American studies at The State University of New York College at Brockport, where she teaches Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged... Read More →
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Chrishana White

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Brooklyn Defender Services
Chrishana White (she/her) is a proud Black, queer, Brooklynite. She is the Director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) and aims to lead with authenticity, integrity, and intention.She began her career working as a public defender at BDS... Read More →
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Charles Fox

Director of Diversity and Development, The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc.
Charles Fox is the Director of Diversity & Development for the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc. He has been in this position for about a year and a half, developing training, workshops and strategies to promote equity and inclusion within and outside of the organization... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 12

4:15pm EDT

High Impact Impeachment or Unusual Impeachment
Larry Pozner, America’s foremost authority on cross examination, lays out the steps to several impeachments that impact credibility far beyond merely demonstrating different versions of a fact. These techniques cause jurors to judge the witness’s credibility more critically. Regardless of the type of case, High Impact Impeachments can create a crisis of confidence in the witness and put the opponent on the defensive.
These techniques make routine impeachments more powerful, make unusual impeachments devastating, and make devastating impeachments decisive. Once we understand the formulas behind these techniques, we can apply this library of impeachment techniques throughout our career.  Learn once/use forever.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Pozner

Larry Pozner

Lawyer, Author, Lecturer
Larry Pozner is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, lecturer, and author. His book “Cross Examination: Science and Techniques,” first published in 1993, is now in its third edition and continues to be America’s bestselling book on cross. Mr. Pozner began his career in the... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 11

4:15pm EDT

Immigrant Children and Youth in Juvenile Court: Let's Drill Down on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
This workshop will provide an overview of Special Immigrant Juvenile status (SIJS), including a discussion of how SIJS can be obtained, what types of proceedings are youth able to obtain the necessary state court findings, the process of applying for SIJS with USCIS, and what it means for parents and other family members if a child is found eligible for SIJS.  The presenter will pay particular attention to child protection and juvenile justice proceedings, delineating how children can obtain state court findings in these proceedings and the possible challenges that might occur.

Speakers
avatar for Randi Mandelbaum

Randi Mandelbaum

Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers Law School
Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, Annamay Sheppard Scholar, and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers Law School.  Professor Mandelbaum earned a B.S. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 2

4:15pm EDT

LatinX Statistics
1. Good source for stats of Latinos, immigration(IE who coming and out and from where), comparison of those stats of other immigration groups.  
2. Policy's that we should know about that can impact lives negatively.  


Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Puente

Sylvia Puente

President and CEO, Latino Policy Forum
Sylvia Puente is the President and CEO of the Latino Policy Forum, a nonprofit that works for equity, justice, and economic prosperity on behalf of Latinos in Chicago and Illinois through public-policy advocacy and analysis on issues including education, housing, and immigration... Read More →
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Hannah J Brooks

Owner & CEO, HJB Legal Services
Hannah owns HJB Legal Services, Ltd., where her practices serves primarily within the Latinx/e community. Her primary practice area is Family Law. She represents adult litigants, and also is appointed by Cook County Judges to represent minor children where there are disputes among... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 10

4:15pm EDT

Lifting As We Climb: A Conversation with New Leaders
Join an intimate conversation with three of the newest public defender leaders sharing their journey to management as young Black women. Martesha Johnson (Nashville Metropolitan Chief Public Defender), Aisha McWeay (Executive Director of Still She Rises), and Chantá Parker (Managing Director of NDS Detroit) will engage in an informative and uplifting roundtable discussion about a range of topics including their career paths, what it's like leading a public defender office, and how they create pathways to leadership for younger lawyers. Attendees will gain valuable insight on management and leadership and have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists during the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Chantá Parker

Chantá Parker

Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Chantá Parker is the Managing Director of Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit, a public defense organization known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice.
avatar for Aisha McWeay

Aisha McWeay

Executive Director, Still She Rises, Tulsa, OK
Aisha McWeay is a career public defender and indigent defense advocate. Prior to assuming the Executive Director role at Still She Rises in February 2019, Aisha served as the Deputy Public Defender for Nashville-Davidson County, where she began her career as a law clerk.Aisha graduated... Read More →
avatar for Martesha Johnson

Martesha Johnson

Chief Public Defender, Nashville Public Defender Office
Martesha L. Johnson was sworn-in as the Nashville Metropolitan Chief Public Defender on August 28, 2018. She is the first African American to be elected to this position and only the second woman. She has a heart for serving people and was determined to be a public defender since... Read More →


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

4:15pm EDT

Pattern Evidence: Bitemarks, Fingerprints, Firearms & Other Junk Science
Given various defense wins in recent years challenging the admission of firearm toolmark evidence, this session will discuss those developments, and apply lessons learned in that litigation to analagous pattern evidence disciplines, while offering ideas for how to undertake a successful challenge to the other pattern disciplines.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Loudon-Brown

Mark Loudon-Brown

Senior Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights
Mark Loudon-Brown is a senior attorney in the Capital Litigation Unit of the Southern Center for Human Rights, where he represents people facing a death sentence at trial, on appeal, and in post-conviction. Prior to that, Mark was a public defender in the Criminal Defense Practice... Read More →
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Maneka Sinha

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Maneka Sinha joined the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in 2019 to re-launch the Criminal Defense Clinic. She has extensive experience in criminal litigation and is recognized for her expertise in forensic science. Sinha’s research interests explore the intersection of... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 9

4:15pm EDT

Preparing for Future COVID-19 Era Mitigation Claims and Investigations
As the COVID-19 pandemic slowly grinds to a close, we are beginning to come to grips with the immeasurable societal wreckage left in its wake.  The impact of this time period will be felt for decades to come and will, without doubt, be relevant to the mitigation narratives of future capital clients.  This presentation will cover an inventory of COVID-19 based mitigation issues to consider for future mitigation efforts, followed by a roundtable discussion to exchange additional ideas and information for the purpose of thinking ahead.
This session will not be recorded 

Speakers
avatar for Herbert Duzant

Herbert Duzant

Capital Habeas Investigator, Federal Public Defender Office, District of Nevada
Herbert Duzant is a native New Yorker and veteran criminal defense investigator with over twenty-five years of experience.  Mr. Duzant is currently the senior investigator at the District of Nevada’s Federal Public Defender (FPD), where he handles both fact and mitigation investigations... Read More →
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Betsy Wilson

Founder, Sentencing Advocacy Group of Evanston
Betsy Wilson is the founder of the Sentencing Advocacy Group of Evanston, where she leads a multidisciplinary team of sentencing advocates and record specialists.  SAGE conducts mitigation investigations in federal and state and capital, juvenile-life-sentence, and non-capital cases... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 6

4:15pm EDT

Representing LGBTQ+ Clients and Incorporating LGBTQ+ people into Your Public Defender Office
Are you looking for an engaging way to learn to better represent LGBTQ clients and support LGBTQ people in your office? This workshop is for you. Sara and Barusch will walk you through the basics you need to know to support people of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI). Plus see tips from public defenders all over the country about how we can all become better advocates for LGBTQ clients and make our public defender practices fairer and more welcoming spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Connor Barusch

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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Sara Jacobson

Executive Director of Training, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania
Sara Jacobson serves as the Executive Director of Training for the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania (PDAP). Before joining PDAP, Sara served as the Director of Trial Advocacy and an Associate Professor as Temple Law School, where she taught Trial Advocacy, Evidence and... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 7

4:15pm EDT

Self Care and Resilience in Public Defense
A shift toward “self-care culture” in recent years has brought self-care practices to the forefront of public consciousness. While most people understand the fundamental practices for care for oneself effectively (healthy diet, exercise, sleep, etc.), for those working in adversarial or trauma-heavy environments such as Public Defenders Offices, the practice of self-care is a bit more complex.

This presentation will begin by identifying relevant terminology (trauma, empathy, compassion fatigue, burnout, resiliency) related to this topic. We will then identify warning signs of secondary trauma or burnout and how to identify when you/your colleagues may be struggling. We offer examples of practical and holistic coping strategies that can be utilized within daily practice and that are specific to individuals working in Public Defenders offices. We also offer resources to assist participants in supporting health, wellness, and mental health on a broader level. Our presentation includes personal experiences/stories and it is bolstered by evidence-based research and practices.

Speakers
avatar for Jenilee Rowley

Jenilee Rowley

Dispositional Advisor, Office of the Public Defender, Minnesota
Ms. Rowley has been employed by the MN Board of Public Defense since 2010. She is a graduate of St. Scholastica and is a licensed social worker. In addition to her background in social work and Public Defense, Ms. Rowley has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and is certified... Read More →
avatar for Katie Benson

Katie Benson

Dispositional Advisor, Office of the Public Defender, Minnesota
Ms. Benson has been employed by the MN Board of Public Defense since 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison and the Brown School of Graduate Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed independent social worker. Prior to her work in... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 3

4:15pm EDT

The Cognitive Bias Virus: How it Infects Our Cases
Speakers
avatar for Paul Rudof

Paul Rudof

Attorney, Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff
Paul Rudof is a partner at Elkins, Auer, Rudof & Schiff in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he specializes in state and federal criminal defense.Before entering private practice, Paul worked for 18 years as a Massachusetts state public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Room 13

4:15pm EDT

Producing and Litigating Public Defender Workload Series, 2010-2020: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
Program Materials will include: electronic access to all of Mr. Hanlon’s work for the last 10 years, available at www.lawyerhanlon.com. I hope to impart an understanding of the principles of qualitative analytics used in modern public defender workload studies, as well as what we have learned in litigating to enforce the results of those studies in Missouri and Louisiana; and a plan to use those studies, and others,  to replace the 1973 NAC standards with reliable, data-based and standards-based national numerical caseload maximums that will serve as the basis for $1.25 billion in federal funding over five years to fund the unfunded judicial mandate of Gideon v Wainwright. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hanlon

Stephen Hanlon

Owner, Lawyer Hanlon
Since his retirement from Holland & Knight at the end of 2012,  Mr. Hanlon has confined his practice to assisting and representing public defenders with excessive caseloads. He now serves as a Professor of Practice at Saint Louis University School of Law.Hanlon was lead counsel for... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 4:15pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 15

5:30pm EDT

Meetups, Networking
These are meetups hosted by participants in the conference.   Think of these as asking several people you meet at an in person conference to join you for a discussion, yoga, or to hangout out.   These are not officially part of the NAPD's conference.  

Click here to set up your meeting. You will need your own Zoom or other video conferencing account.

Click here see the listing of meetings you can join

Friday March 19, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT

8:00pm EDT

Meetups, Networking
These are meetups hosted by participants in the conference.   Think of these as asking several people you meet at an in person conference to join you for a discussion, yoga, or to hangout out.   These are not officially part of the NAPD's conference.  

Click here to set up your meeting. You will need your own Zoom or other video conferencing account.

Click here see the listing of meetings you can join

Friday March 19, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT

8:00pm EDT

Yoga with Christine Madjar
Speakers
avatar for Christine Madjar

Christine Madjar

Supervising Attorney, Kentucky Innocence Project
Christine is the supervising attorney for the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship. She is the current Kentucky Innocence Project Education Staff Attorney at the Department of Public Advocacy, with a primary focus on forensic science and its implications in the criminal justice system... Read More →


Friday March 19, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Room 1
 
Saturday, March 20
 

9:00am EDT

A gentle Vinyasa Flow for beginners and intermediate yogis.
I have been a criminal defense lawyer for over 25 years. Like many of you, I pour myself into my work as a defender. In 2006, I moved from Massachusetts to Seattle, WA to begin a new job with the Seattle public defenders. It was a challenging transition and I was feeling a bit burnt out. I met an inspiring spiritual leader who introduced me to yoga and meditation. My yoga practice has become an integral part of my daily self-care because if I am taking care of myself, I can take better care of my clients!  In 2017 I got my 300-hour yoga teaching certificate and I have been teaching classes for public defenders in CO now via Zoom! Yoga has made me a better – more effective- lawyer/mother/partner/friend. 

I will start the session with breathing exercises and some gentle stretching. I will then go through Sun A and Sun B postures (with some nice Warrior and Goddess poses) and will end with a relaxing savasana and sound bowl closing. I integrate an intention throughout the class to help center and inspire the class participants. It will be a fun, gentle flow- a lovely way to start your day.


Speakers
avatar for Colette Tvedt

Colette Tvedt

The Law Firm of Colette Tvedt, LLC
Colette has been defense counsel at over 250 trials in both state and federal courts, plus countless hearings in pre-charge investigations. She has won acquittals and dismissals, as well as negotiated reduced charges and extremely favorable plea bargains, in hundreds of cases... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room 1

9:00am EDT

Meditation for Defenders: Cultivating the Warrior Guardian Within
Speakers
avatar for Justin Heim

Justin Heim

Staff Development Program Specialist, Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
Justin Heim is a Staff Development Program Specialist at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office. Before taking a position in the training division, he worked for 7 years as a mitigation specialist in the appellate division. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he worked in various... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Room 12

9:00am EDT

Wellness Practice Sessions: Meditation, Yoga
Saturday March 20, 2021 9:00am - 9:50am EDT

10:00am EDT

A Primer on First Amendment Defenses
With an increasing number of criminal prosecutions targeting speech online, and the right to protest and assemble, this presentation will cover the fundamentals of First Amendment defenses for our indigent clients.  We will discuss the current constitutional framework, the difference between as-applied and facial challenges, and practical ideas for litigating online threat cases and prosecutions under federal and state rioting statutes, including pretrial motions, jury instructions, and appeals.  

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lorish

Lisa Lorish

Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender WDVA, Charlottesville, VA
Lisa Lorish is an assistant federal public defender for the Western District of Virginia. She represents indigent clients charged with federal crimes that range from petty offenses to capital murder. Lorish has experience representing indigent defendants at the trial level and has... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 3

10:00am EDT

Building Influence Without Authority
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Friley

Jonathan Friley

Public Defender Corporation (PDC) Administrator, Public Defender Services (Charleston, WV)
Jonathan joined NAPD in June, 2017 to administer NAPD’s membership database, manage listservs, and assist and advise on other technological issues and solutions. Jonathan is currently the Public Defender Corporation (PDC) Administrator for Public Defender Services in West Virginia... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 10

10:00am EDT

In Support of Women: Gender-Responsive Work with Female Defendants
Nationwide, the rate of women’s incarceration has grown at twice the pace of men’s in the past few decades. Women are more likely to be incarcerated for drug and property crimes with less access to diversion programs and sentencing alternatives. Women are also disproportionately the primary caregivers for children and more frequently are victims of abuse and trauma. An additional concern for women’s incarceration is that women charged criminally are not assessed in a gender-responsive manner for needs or responsiveness to treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of the growing rates of female incarceration before focusing on how to perform a gender-responsive assessment for female defendants guiding opportunities for diversion, intervention, and treatment alternatives. 

Speakers
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Stephanne Cline Thornton

Criminal Justice Specialist, Public Defender Services (WV)
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the Criminal Justice Specialist for Public Defender Services’ Public Defender Corporation Resource Center, where she assists public defenders across the state with research and mitigation. Ms. Thornton also conducts mitigation trainings and writes grants... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 8

10:00am EDT

Investigation Information Management
Using the "PLATO" method to organize and analyze information provided and gathered in a criminal case

Speakers
avatar for Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers

Senior Investigator, Ontario County Public Defender’s Office
Paul Chambers is the Senior Investigator at the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office. He has held this post since the creation of the office in 2010. His journey to being part of the criminal justice system in upstate New York is an unusual one.He began by studying Chemistry... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 7

10:00am EDT

Learning From Internal and External Mistakes
This session will be a facilitated discussion based on current research projects exploring public defender institutional design. It will detail research conclusions about how public defenders offices should be set up or managed in order to fully support the success of their attorneys in doing the important work of representing indigent defendants. After a brief description of relevant research projects and scholarly interventions, participants will separate into facilitated breakout groups to examine their own office structure and devise potential solutions to identified problems. 

Speakers
avatar for Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe

Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe

Acting Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Professor Irene Joe is a professor at UC Davis School of Law where she teaches courses on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. Professor Joe researches and writes at the intersection of all three of these areas with a special focus on how the design of... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 1

10:00am EDT

Negotiations: Stalemate to Satisfied
We are taught how to cross examine.  We are taught how to get inculpatory and exculpatory evidence. But we rarely are taught useful negotiation skills. This presentation discusses techniques, psychology, and examples of ways to best advocate for clients through the thing you will do most of: negotiate.  

we will review current books, old techniques, and issues specific to public defenders to provide a new prism through which an attorney can view negotiations.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hakes

Patrick Hakes

Assistant Public Defender, Nashville Public Defender Office
Patrick Hakes is a team leader at the Nashville Defenders office in Nashville Tennessee. He is in his 9th year of practice and represents clients in criminal court, where he handles a variety of offenses ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. He is the program director of... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 2

10:00am EDT

Police, Prosecutors, and the Punishment Bureaucracy
The session will discuss the history and role of police and prosecutors as a tool for protecting white supremacy and wealth.  Will draw on examples from public defender cases, police response to protests, and police involvement with far-right white supremacist organizations.  The session will talk about how our society decides what is criminal, whose crimes it enforces and whose crimes it ignores, and take some lessons for local and national reform efforts.


Speakers
avatar for Alec Karakatsanis

Alec Karakatsanis

Founder and Executive Director, Civil Rights Corps
Alec graduated from Yale College in 2005 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Harvard Law School in 2008, where he was a Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Before founding Civil Rights Corps, Alec was a civil rights lawyer and public defender with the Special... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 5

10:00am EDT

Principles for Creating Sustainability in Public Defense Offices
Speakers
avatar for Marilena David-Martin

Marilena David-Martin

Deputy Director, MichiganState Appellate Defender Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center
Marilena David-Martin is Deputy Director at the State Appellate Defender Office. She represents indigent individuals appealing felony convictions. Marilena manages the Criminal Defense Resource Center and provides training, resources, and support to the criminal defense bar. She launched... Read More →
avatar for Justin Heim

Justin Heim

Staff Development Program Specialist, Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
Justin Heim is a Staff Development Program Specialist at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office. Before taking a position in the training division, he worked for 7 years as a mitigation specialist in the appellate division. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he worked in various... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 12

10:00am EDT

Racial Injustice and Systemic Distrust: Litigating Policing as Trauma
For many people of color, the daily surveillance and discriminatory encounters with police is overwhelming and traumatic. Tensions continue to grow as communities of color distrust law enforcement and resent the intrusion of police in their everyday lives. In this interactive session, participants will learn how police trauma, racial bias, and stereotype threat impact every stage of a criminal case, including client interviews, detention hearings, search and seizure, interrogation, trial theories involving a trauma-informed mens rea, sentencing, mitigation, and post-conviction matters. Participants will:
Become familiar with research on: traumatic effects of policing on people of color, stereotype threat, implicit racial bias
Think concretely about how this research affects the criminal justice system, from the client interview to the post-conviction proceedings

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Henning

Kristin Henning

Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Kristin Henning is the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown. Kris was previously the Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit of the D.C. Public Defender Service and is currently the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 9

10:00am EDT

Using Data and Experts
Speakers
avatar for Juval Scott

Juval Scott

Federal Public Defender, Western District of Virginia
Juval Scott joined the Training Division of the Defender Services Office as an Attorney Advisor in January 2015. Juval came to the Training Division from the Milwaukee office of the Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., which she joined as an Assistant Federal Defender in... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 11

10:00am EDT

Zealous: Advocacy Storytelling Outside of Court
A talk on the similarities and differences and greater room for powerful creativity between narrative inside of court (what defenders are used to) and advocacy storytelling to support grassroots movements and campaigns to transform laws and systems.

Speakers
avatar for Alejo Rodrigez

Alejo Rodrigez

Chief of Curriculum & Storytelling, Zealous
Alejo is a poet, teacher, and advocate. His poetry and writing work appears in OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN POETRY and DOING TIME: 25 YEARS OF PEN PRISON WRITER AWARDS. Alejo is the winner of several PEN awards, and a Teaching Artist for Tribeca Film Institute’s screening series at... Read More →
AK

Adnan Khan

Executive Director, Re:Store Justice
avatar for Scott Hechinger

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 →


Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 6

11:15am EDT

Storytelling -
Speakers
avatar for Lori James-Townes

Lori James-Townes

President & CEO, Expand Now LLC
Lori James-Townes is president & CEO of Expand-Now LLC. She also serves as an assistant training director for the National Association of Public Defense. Lori’s passion is adding value to others through speaking, training, development activities, coaching, and consulting. Lori has... Read More →
avatar for Laura Wexler

Laura Wexler

Writer, Producer, The Stoop Storytelling Series
Laura Wexler is the co-founder and co-producer of The Stoop Storytelling Series, a popular cultural event and podcast in which “ordinary” people share extraordinary true tales about their lives. An expert in personal storytelling, Laura has presented workshops and trainings for... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Beyond Storytelling: Using a Story Lens to Improve Fact Investigation, Case Theory, Evidentiary Arguments and Issue Preservation
As trial lawyers, storytelling is our most powerfully persuasive advocacy tool.  Stories connect us to one another, help us to understand events, and solve problems. The instinct to communicate through story is so deeply and universally ingrained in the human condition that it seems encoded in our DNA.  Yet we sometimes miss opportunities to communicate persuasively because we get lost in the weeds of facts, evidence and legal issues. Storytelling can be used at every stage of your representation to get better results. Use story methodology to:  investigate case facts, events and witness accounts; shape the evidence; create compelling evidentiary arguments that also demonstrate the unfair prejudice of a ruling against your client; and transform the case theory into a coherent, engaging and convincing narrative.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen Bennett

Cathleen Bennett

Assistant Training Director, National Association for Public Defense
Cathleen L. Bennett is an Assistant Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, and a training and trial consultant. Cathy recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Boston, Massachusetts where she was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 2

12:15pm EDT

Curtis Flower's Story - Litigation Lessons
Speakers
avatar for Sheri Lynn Johnson

Sheri Lynn Johnson

James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Sheri Lynn Johnson is an expert on the interface of race and issues in criminal procedure, and the Assistant Director of the Cornell Death Penalty project, an initiative to foster empirical scholarship on the death penalty, offer students an opportunity to work with practitioners... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 3

12:15pm EDT

Dear White Savior: Pass the Mic.
Turn up the volume and silence the noise. People of color are not voiceless, they are repeatedly "overlooked" and "unheard". As public defenders, have we turned a blind eye to the ways in which internalized privilege, power and white saviorism have muffled the voices of those we serve? With the recent surge in political progressive thinking, those who work closely with people of color must re-examine their personal behaviors in the professional space. This program will seek to honestly and openly unpack the ways in which white saviorism manifests itself in public defense. Join us for an introspective discussion.


Speakers
avatar for Natasha Dartigue

Natasha Dartigue

Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City, Office of the Public Defender - Baltimore City
Natasha M. Dartigue is the Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City. Ms. Dartigue is a 1995 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Upon law school graduation she clerked in the Baltimore City Circuit Court for the late Judge Roger W. Brown. Subsequently, she began... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 9

12:15pm EDT

Excelling at Cross-Cultural Coaching and Supervision
Speak to leaders, supervisors, mentor and coaches about working with people who are of a different race, culture, or background than than they. Participants will be able to understand the importance of acknowledging differences, will learn how to build better rapport and how to mindfully inquire into possible different experiences of those they supervise, coach or mentor. 

Speakers
avatar for LaMer Kyle-Griffiths

LaMer Kyle-Griffiths

Director of Training and Litigation, Still She Rises, Tulsa, OK
La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Director of Training and Complex Litigation at Still She Rises, Tulsa. La Mer has been a lifelong public defender amplifying the voice of the poor in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Washington and now Oklahoma. She has litigated at all levels of criminal practice... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 5

12:15pm EDT

Finding Your Voice, Honoring Your Power
This session will focus on how Social Workers are integral in Public Defense, especially as we shift the legal system to become more holistic and forward thinking. This session will help social workers play on their unique strengths and skillset they bring to a Public Defense Office. “Finding Your Voice, Honoring Your Power” will also discuss how attorneys can best utilize and integrate a Social Worker in your practice. 


Speakers
avatar for Daisha Hill

Daisha Hill

Social Work Supervisor, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Daisha Hill is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and the Social Work Supervisor at Neighborhood Defender Service. Daisha received her Master’s in Social Work in 2016 and became licensed in 2019. She has served in many settings which include Child Welfare, Criminal Justice, Infectious... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 8

12:15pm EDT

In Our Words: Voices of Appellate Clients
Moderators
avatar for Darryl Woods Sr.

Darryl Woods Sr.

Community Activist and Organizer
Min. Darryl Woods dedicated his life to Christ earlier on during his 29 years of incarceration. He became a minister and helped lead countless men to salvation. He organized church services; revivals; gospel concerts; mentoring program and many baptismal and other Christian outreach... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Bourgeois

Jeremiah Bourgeois

Journalist, Legal Scholar, Law Student
 Jeremiah Bourgeois is a journalist, legal scholar, formerly incarcerated person, and matriculating law student. In 1992, at age 14, he became one of the youngest children in the United States to receive a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole and the second youngest person to receive this sentence in the history of the State of Washington. Following the U.S. Supreme... Read More →
DC

DeAndre Carter

Educational Instructor, YouthDevelopment Corporation, USA
DeAndre Carter is an Educational Instructor at YouthDevelopment Corporation, USA in Saginaw, MI. YDC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance underserved youth and adults by expanding accessibility in education, training, and career placement within the skilled trades... Read More →
avatar for Maria Santiago

Maria Santiago

Case Manager, Exodus Transitional Services
Maria Santiago spent 21 and a half years incarcerated. She came home May 28th 2020. Maria works for Exodus transitional services as a case manager. She lives in Manhattan, New York and is a legislative activist with a grassroot organization known as Mothers on the Inside. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Marilena David-Martin

Marilena David-Martin

Deputy Director, MichiganState Appellate Defender Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center
Marilena David-Martin is Deputy Director at the State Appellate Defender Office. She represents indigent individuals appealing felony convictions. Marilena manages the Criminal Defense Resource Center and provides training, resources, and support to the criminal defense bar. She launched... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 13

12:15pm EDT

Lessons Learned from Meetups
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Lyon

Jonathan Lyon

Investigator Resource Coordinator, NAPD
JONATHAN LYON is currently the Investigator Resource Coordinator, past Member Support Coordinator and the national survey investigator for National Association for Public Defense. Since the pandemic he has led roughly 50 meetups for investigators both nationally and internationally... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 7

12:15pm EDT

Put Your Body on the Gears: Well Being as Competence and Access to Justice
Caring for our well being is what enables us to show up strong and energized for the people we represent. This presentation looks at impacts on well being and strategies to support well being at all levels, including individual self-care, public defense culture and systemic. 

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Andrews

Jenny Andrews

Senior Deputy Public Defender, Santa Barbara County Public Defender
A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast in Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as a public defender in Oakland, California in 1996, but left after... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 1

12:15pm EDT

Record Keeping Best Practices: Pots, Pans, and Paper
Speakers
avatar for Kristen Samuels

Kristen Samuels

Investigator/Paralegal, Southern Center for Human Rights
Kristen Samuels joined the Southern Center for Human Rights as an Investigator in August 2014. She investigates death penalty cases and other excessive, cruel, and long term sentences in Alabama and Georgia at all stages of litigation, including pre-trial and post-conviction. Kristen... Read More →
avatar for Charity Laister

Charity Laister

Private Practice, Mitigation Specialist
Charity Laister is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Alabama. Ms. Laister has more than 10 years of social work experience. Throughout her social work career, she has practiced directly with individuals, served as a social work supervisor, and served as... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 12

12:15pm EDT

Self Care as Political Warfare
Audre Lorde once said that caring for oneself is not self-indulgence, but self-preservation, and that that is an act of political warfare.  Public defense is a profession whose practitioners are particularly prone to compassion fatigue and burnout, in no small part because the culture encourages putting clients before the self and treats self care as a luxury.  The result, paradoxically, is lawyers and defense support professionals who are unable to give the best of themselves to their clients.

The aim of this presentation is to shift the public defender dialogue and mindset in the direction of embracing self care as an ethical necessity in order to provide constitutionally adequate assistance to our clients.  This session will be a bit less touchy-feely than some wellness presentations, focusing more on ethical and scientific case for engaging in meaningful self care practices.

Speakers
avatar for Deirdre Ewing

Deirdre Ewing

District Defender, Law Office of the Public Defender (Roswell & Carlsbad, NM)
Deirdre Ewing, Defender of the Fifth, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Cats, is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mount Holyoke College, and the London School of Economics General Course.  In addition to being District Defender in Roswell and Carlsbad, New Mexico... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 10

12:15pm EDT

TBA
Speakers
avatar for Raj Jayadev

Raj Jayadev

Co-Founder and Director, Silicon Valley De-Bug
Raj Jayadev is the co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug -- a media, community organizing, and social entrepreneurial collective based in San Jose, CA. For nearly fifteen years, the organization has been a platform for the least heard of Silicon Valley — youth, immigrants, low-income... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 11

12:15pm EDT

The Psychology of Oral Argument
There is no better way to seal a case for your client than by tapping into the court's humanity during oral argument. Learn tips and tricks for effectively prepping for oral argument through the lens of psychological heuristics, and how to use the court's heuristics to your client's advantage.

Speakers
avatar for Ruchi Kapoor

Ruchi Kapoor

Managing Attorney, Kapoor Law + Policy
After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School in 2010, Ruchi clerked for the Denver Juvenile Court, where she learned about the importance of constitutional defense — even in civil juvenile proceedings. After her clerkship, she spent three years in private appellate... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 4

12:15pm EDT

Zealous: Defenders as Sources
A panel of top criminal justice journalists speaking on the opportunities for defenders as sources for systemic issues no one else knows about and hard skills on what makes a good pitch and what journalists are looking for.

Moderators
avatar for Scott Hechinger

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Hortenstine

Lindsey Hortenstine

Communications Director, Orleans Public Defenders
avatar for Keri Blakinger

Keri Blakinger

Staff Writer, The Marshall Project
Keri Blakinger is a staff writer at The Ma whose work has focused on prisons and the death penalty. She previously covered criminal justice for Houston Chronicle, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, VICE, the New York Daily News and NBC News. She is the organization's... Read More →
avatar for Topher Sanders

Topher Sanders

Reporter, Pro Publica
Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. In 2019, he was part of a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Public Service and won the Peabody and George Polk awards for their coverage of President Trump’s family separation policy. In 2018... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Chorney

Jeff Chorney

Deputy Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender
Jeff Chorney has been a deputy public defender in Alameda County, Calif., for about 10 years. He has been in a variety of trial and calendar assignments and also handles media for the office. Prior to being a public defender, he worked as a daily newspaper reporter covering crime... Read More →


Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 6

1:30pm EDT

Plenary Speaker/Closing - Cynthia Roseberry
Saturday March 20, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
 
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