2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Flathead Reservation Reentry Program: Tribal Public Defender Supportive Services for Reentering Native People

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Staff from the Tribal Defenders Office (TDO) will discuss the creation and implementation of their Flathead Reservation Reentry Program and how supportive services provided by public defenders is a successful method to assist reentering clients. We will share experiences, including struggles with stakeholder buy-in, and surprising collaborations that contribute to client success. You will hear from our apprentice case manager about overcoming barriers to success and ways for public defenders to engage clients. We will also open discussion with other public defenders about data collection and problems with having to report recidivism. TDO clients are particularly challenged in a jurisdiction policed by several law enforcement agencies and where native people are disproportionately represented in the state criminal justice system. We will talk about how to measure success, valuing process, culture, and client resiliency.


Susette Billedeaux

Holistic Programming Director, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Public Defenders Office
Susette Billedeaux is the holistic programming director for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Defenders Office. She has been a defender for nine years, working first as a criminal defense advocate and now as administrator of holistic services. Ms. Billedeaux organized and... Read More →

Victoria Hammer

Apprectice Case Manager, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Public Defenders Office
Victoria Hammer is an apprentice case manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Defenders Office. Ms. Hammer began working for the Tribal Defenders one year ago when she returned home to the Flathead Reservation from incarceration. She started as support staff then quickly... Read More →

Ann Miller

Managing Attorney, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Public Defender
Ann M. Miller has been an attorney with the Tribal Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead Reservation in Montana for 22 years and the managing attorney for 12. During her tenure, the Defenders Office implemented an innovative in-house service... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

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