2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Discussion Group: Race

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The panel discussion will center on the experiences of Black women defenders from the across the country who are navigating race, gender, class, and privilege in their offices, in court rooms, and with their clients. The discussion will offer practical steps on how public defender office leaders can best support their Black staff who are navigating these various intersections.


Fallon Speaker

Team Leader & Attorney, Family Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Fallon Speaker is a feminist, reproductive justice transformer, and social justice leader. She is also a staff attorney and team leader in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where she represents parents in child protective proceedings who have been accused of abuse... Read More →

Candace Mitchell

Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
Candace Mitchell is a current public defender at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar for Public Service, and she also has a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy... Read More →

Courtney Dixon

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Courtney is a supervising attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. In that role she directly supervises and trains attorneys new to the public defense world. Courtney began her career working as a staff attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services. After leaving... Read More →

Christine Umeh

Staff Attorney, Still She Rises
Christine Umeh is a staff attorney at Still She Rises, where she defends North Tulsa mothers in criminal matters and child welfare proceedings. Christine received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

Shannon Cumberbatch

Director of Hiring, Diversity & Community Engagement, The Bronx Defenders
Shannon oversees hiring at The Bronx Defenders; organizes and facilitates the race, class, power, privilege, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; and supervises the Bronx Defenders Holistic Externship at Columbia Law. Shannon started as a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor