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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Thursday, June 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
How Can Strategic Planning Improve Your Defender Agency?

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Strategic planning forces busy defenders to stop and carefully consider the mission and goals of their organization. It also encourages an honest assessment of whether you and your staff are meeting those goals and gives the opportunity to be creative and aspirational in formulating a road map for improvements. This workshop will take you through Connecticut’s process of strategic planning subsequent to a change in leadership and an ongoing budget crisis. We will discuss how the team was assembled and give a detailed outline of our process. Benefits of strategic planning include facilitating difficult conversations on race and focusing on building shared priorities. Specific examples of how the strategic plan has guided the operation of our organization over the last 18 months will be shared, including how a hiring and staff development plan emerged from the process.

Speakers
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Diane Fitzpatrick

Director of Human Resources, Division of Public Defender Services Office of Chief Public Defender
Diane Fitzpatrick is the director of human resources for the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. She has been employed with the State of Connecticut for the last 20 years. During that time, she worked with various state agencies on strategic planning and process improvement... Read More →
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Christine Rapillo

Chief Public Defender, Division of Public Defender Services Office of Chief Public Defender
Christine Rapillo is the chief public defender for the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services. She previously served as director of delinquency defense and child protection, where she co-managed consolidation of child welfare and family operations into the public defender... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Severn 2nd Floor