2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Combating the Injustice of Civil Forfeiture Post Timbs v. Indiana: Strategies for Integrated Criminal & Civil Defense

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There are a multitude of enmeshed civil consequences that arise out of criminal justice involvement that devastate the lives of those accused. One major consequence is civil asset forfeiture: the way police and prosecutors seize and keep property. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding civil forfeiture as a violation of the 8th Amendment in Timbs v. Indiana. This session will discuss the practice of civil forfeiture, the Timbs decision, and concrete strategies regarding how criminal defense attorneys can work with civil advocates and use the Timbs decision as leverage to combat this unfair practice on behalf of the communities they serve.


Alexander Blocker

Legal Advocate, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Alexander Blocker is a civil legal advocate at The Bronx Defenders, where he represents clients in recovering seized property, accessing public benefits, securing temporary housing, and other needs. Since joining in 2015, Alex has assisted hundreds of clients in retrieving money... Read More →
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Runa Rajagopal

Managing Director, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Runa Rajagopal, a litigator and social justice advocate for more than 14 years, is currently managing director of the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders (BXD). The Bronx Defenders is an innovative, progressive public defender that pioneered a model of legal representation... Read More →

Adam Shoop

Legal Director, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Adam Shoop began as a staff attorney and is now the legal director of the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where he has been since 2012. He has represented hundreds of clients who initially come to The Bronx Defenders as a result of an arrest or child welfare case but... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Harborview II 2nd Floor

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