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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5
 

7:30am EDT

Registration
The registration desk is located outside of the Chesapeake Ballroom. Please visit us with questions at any point during the conference.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

8:30am EDT

Opening Plenary Session Time Saved vs. Time Served & Member Updates
Speakers
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Justine Olderman

Executive Director, The Bronx Defenders
Justine Olderman graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from New York University School of Law. While at N.Y.U., Justine was the managing editor of the Review of Law and Social Change and was awarded the George P. Faulk Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship. She spent... Read More →
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Tyra Patterson

Community Outreach Strategy Specialist, Ohio Justice & Policy Center
Tyra Patterson joined the Ohio Justice & Policy Center team as a paralegal in January 2018. After several months of successful outreach on OJPC’s behalf, Tyra’s role adapted to better describe her gifts and passion: she became OJPC’s first community outreach strategy specialist... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

10:00am EDT

Break
Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

10:30am EDT

NLADA Listening Session: A conversation about the training and support needs for Defender Community
This session will be led by the new Lifelong Learning Division at NLADA, which is responsible for creating in-person and learning opportunities for the NLADA community. Participants will be asked to share thoughts and ideas on new training modules that can be developed for the COD and broader NLADA community. This will be an interactive session where feedback and dialogue is welcomed.

Moderators
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April Frazier Camara

NLADA, Chief, Lifelong Learning
April Frazier Camara is the Chief of Lifelong Learning at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) and is the Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section for the 2020-21 term. Previously, April worked for eight years as a public defender with... Read More →
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Rosalie Joy

Vice President, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before joining NLADA, Rosalie was a public defender for 29 years. She spent the last eight years as the interim director of the Atlanta Public Defender's Office, in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalie is nationally recognized for her achievements in transforming the business model in Atlanta's... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Harborview II 2nd Floor

10:30am EDT

Fighting "Big Data" Policing
The New York City Police Department collects information every time it arrests someone. This information is fed into systems for predictive policing, digital surveillance, facial recognition, and other data mining. This practice of harvesting data from arrests builds on the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing, in which police aggressively expanded arrests on minor charges, many of which were thrown out in court. The information collected during dismissed and sealed cases can continue to haunt people through increased surveillance and new police scrutiny, and the information can show up in new criminal prosecutions. These practices will likely continue spreading as they become cheaper or are centralized by private companies. This panel will discuss how The Bronx Defenders fights police harvesting arrest data in specific criminal prosecutions, in class action litigation seeking to end the NYPD’s use of data from sealed arrests, and in legislative and community advocacy helping communities resist surveillance and data-mining outside of court.

Speakers
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Shakeer Rahman

Skadden Fellow, Impact Litigation Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Shakeer Rahman is a Skadden Fellow in the Impact Litigation Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where he helps Bronx residents challenge systemic injustices in how they are policed. His work includes class action lawsuits against government agencies, including the NYPD and federal immigration... Read More →
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Alice Fontier

Managing Director of Criminal Defense, The Bronx Defenders
Alice Fontier is managing director of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She has been a criminal defense attorney for more than 12 years, representing thousands of clients in both state and federal courts. After graduating from New York University School of Law... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Severn 2nd Floor

10:30am EDT

Always by Their Side: Holistic Representation of Juveniles from Criminal Court to Family Court and Beyond
In 2018, New York State enacted its “Raise the Age” legislation, which amended outdated laws that had automatically prosecuted 16- and 17-year-olds as adults by raising the age of criminal responsibility for most charges to 18. The practical result has been that a great many adolescents are having their cases heard in both adult criminal court and family court. In response to this new statutory framework, New York County Defender Services created a “Juvenile Defense Unit” that provides its juvenile clients with unique and expert continuity of representation that persists throughout multiple jurisdictions and legal systems. This workshop will address the importance of having the same attorney and social work team represent juvenile clients whose cases traverse both adult criminal court and family court. We will examine the challenges these cases pose when the juvenile client is also entangled in the child welfare system, the resources needed to address those issues, and how that entanglement affects disposition. Finally, we will delve into the central role that education plays in the lives of court-involved youth by discussing the issues our clients face in accessing their education and how we can effectively advocate for their needs.

Speakers
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Katherine DeZengotita

Attorney, New York County Defender Services
Katherine DeZengotita has worked as a defense attorney and as a policy advocate in the juvenile and criminal justice fields since graduating from law school in 2005. She represented adults in criminal court at the Defender Association in Seattle, Washington, and, more recently, spent... Read More →
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Johanna Neufeld

Forensic Social Worker, New York County Defender Services
Johanna Neufeld has been a forensic social worker since 2010. During that time, she has worked on several hundred New York State court cases including youth court cases during New York’s “Raise the Age” statute implementation. She has also worked on federal capital cases where... Read More →
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Nikki Woods

Attorney, New York County Defender Services
Nikki Woods has been practicing law for more than 13 years. She has spent the last 10 years focusing on advocating for children. Nikki has worked as a parent advocate for New York State’s Early Intervention Program, as a service coordinator advocating for children with special needs... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Harborview I 2nd Floor

10:30am EDT

Systems Analysis and Technology Improvement for Holistic Defense
Learn valuable lessons from our work on technology projects and process improvement when providing holistic legal services in a public defender office. We will offer strategies for reconciling existing technology and processes with shifting reporting requirements and give you concrete examples of how our holistic team of managers, legal practitioners, and technical practitioners collaborate to improve processes, systems, and data collection. We'll also provide case studies in systems analysis and the role it can play in a holistic team, including the power of treating technology as a holistic discipline that works in partnership with all other substantive legal disciplines.

Speakers
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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 →


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

10:30am EDT

The Flathead Reservation Reentry Program: Tribal Public Defender Supportive Services for Reentering Native People
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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

12:00pm EDT

Lunch on your own
Join your friends and colleagues to discuss what you've learned so far over lunch. See your registration materials for a list of nearby options.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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2:00pm EDT

The Reality of Virtual Supervision: Living in the Ecarceral State
Today, nearly every policy proposal for criminal justice reform or to reduce mass incarceration includes an expansion of the use of electronic monitoring, but is electronic monitoring an effective tool to reduce incarceration and recidivism? What are the real-life consequences of 24-hour monitoring, and how might this approach actually be counterproductive? This program will take a look at this hot trend through the lens of the monitored person and will equip practitioners to advise their clients on navigating life under electronic supervision.

Speakers
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Daniel Pond

Staff Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Dan Pond is a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Dan works in the Prisoners & Re-Entry Legal Services Program, where he specializes in parole release hearings, termination hearings for DC parole, Bureau of Prisons classification, designation... Read More →
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Talib Shakir

n/a, Gateway Re-Entry Coaching
Talib Shakir was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in February 2019 after serving 25 years on a Washington DC felony case. He was placed on a GPS monitor for the last six months of his sentence while he was in a halfway house. Mr. Shakir’s firsthand recounting of his experience... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Potomac 3rd Floor

2:00pm EDT

Combating the Injustice of Civil Forfeiture Post Timbs v. Indiana: Strategies for Integrated Criminal & Civil Defense
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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

2:00pm EDT

Community Lawyering: Shifting The Vision of Power
Community lawyering encourages collaboration and prevents dependency while encouraging the leadership of community members. The core elements are how a lawyer can integrate into the community in which the lawyer does advocacy work, the use of multifaceted approaches to problem solving, and the empowerment of community members. Additionally, we will discuss how to tailor your advocacy to address the specific needs of activists, community members, grassroots organizations, and smaller nonprofits. The presentation will teach strategies on how to elicit the community's own voice, creativity, and judgment on all matters, including legal strategy and advocacy. There will be discussion and examples on how to use the skill sets required for community lawyering: interpersonal skills, communication skills, teamwork, language skills, and ability to adapt to a specific client.

Speakers
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Taylor James

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of New York, Community Development Project
Taylor James is a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society’s Community Development Project (CDP). Taylor offers legal services to nonprofit organizations, small business owners, and unincorporated community groups on projects that revitalize low-income communities. She is passionate... Read More →
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Anne Oredecko

Legal Aid Society of New York, Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Unit
Anne Oredeko is the supervising attorney at the Racial Justice Unit at The Legal Aid Society. Before this position, she gained experience in the community lawyering model at Youth Represent. While there, she developed the School Justice Project, where she worked with students in the... Read More →
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Albert Saint Jean

Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Albert Saint Jean is the New York City organizer for the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Having been reared by a community-oriented, politically aware, Haitian-American family, he developed a passion for social justice and black awareness. This worldview is compounded by his... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

Attack on the Black Family: How Over-Policing, Over-Surveillance, & Government Overreach/Intervention Destroy the Black Family
As criminal justice reform attempts to reduce the disproportionate impact that criminalization has on black and brown lives, it is imperative that we also challenge the disproportionate violence that the child welfare system inflicts on black and indigenous families. Similar to the criminal justice system, black and indigenous families are dramatically over-represented in child welfare cases. Involvement in the child welfare system usually leads to families being over-surveilled, under constant fear of separation, and having their familial bonds disrupted and/or severed. When children are placed in foster care, the pain that they experience often leads to emotional distress/trauma and can push them into the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. This workshop will explore the ways in which families are funneled into this system by examining the many seemingly innocuous ways that the government interjects into their lives. Additionally, we will discuss the ways in which poverty and physical and mental ableism is weaponized against families in the system. Our presentation will reflect on the interconnectedness that occurs between families seeking assistance through public benefits and the over-surveillance of those spaces, the over-abundance and use of mandatory reporters in low-income black and brown communities, and the use of policing and the criminalization of poverty to trigger government intervention into black and brown families.
As advocates, we often get siloed into our own disciplines to the detriment of our clients. It is imperative that advocates take an interdisciplinary approach to their work in order to provide the best representation for their clients. In this context, we hope that advocates will leave with a deeper understanding of the child welfare system and its negative impact on black and brown families. Specific learnings and takeaways will include:
-- a better understanding of the issues and their historical context;
-- the interrelatedness among the criminal justice system, the social welfare system, and the child welfare system;
-- how these issues affect your legal practice; and
-- tools to integrate these issues into a holistic, client-centered model of representation.

Speakers
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Danielle King

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division
Danielle King earned a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2016, an M.A. in Urban Affairs from CUNY-Queens College in 2012, and a B.A. in English from Michigan State University in 2009. While in law school, Danielle was president of Seton Hall Law’s LGBTQ student group... Read More →
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Shushana Tracey

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division
Shushana Tracey is a staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice in New York County, New York. Shushana attained her Juris Doctorate from Western New England School of Law in 2015. While at Western New England, Shushana was co-chair of the Elections Committee... Read More →
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Shomari Ward

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division
Shomari Ward grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. Shomari worked for years at community-based organizations focusing on youth development before pursuing a career in law. In 2010, Shomari earned his Juris... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

Life After Life: Adjustment to Life in the Community After Serving a Life Sentence
Join this panel discussion with men and women who were sentenced by the Maryland Courts to serve life sentences, but who were released after spending decades behind bars. In the past few years, more than 188 Maryland residents sentenced to life imprisonment have been released as a result of a 2012 court decision (Unger v. Maryland), and others have had their sentences modified or commuted, which resulted in their release after serving decades. They will talk about adjustment to society after serving decades in prison. These panelists will share their personal stories of endurance as well as how they have developed and designed strategies to help others through faith, education, activism, treatment, and support. These men and women had hope, even when there did not appear to be a realistic possibility of getting out. Hear their stories of strength and survival.

Moderators
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Olinda Moyd

Chief, Parole Division, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Olinda Moyd is chief attorney of the Parole Division at the D.C. Public Defender Service. She has been an attorney at PDS since January 1990, initially assigned to the Prisoner’s Rights Division. In this capacity, Olinda represented D.C. residents imprisoned in Lorton, Virginia... Read More →

Speakers
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Mary Brown-Bey

Activist, n/a
Mary Brown-Bey is founder/speaker/facilitator of Lazarus Rite, which has a returning citizen component. She is an advocate for juvenile justice, alternatives to violence, reentry, justice policy proponents, and returning citizens. She has served the community for more than 10 years... Read More →
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John Huffington

Business Developer, Kinetic Capital
John Huffington works with the Business Development for Kinetic Capital, but for the last 4.5 years he served as the director of workforce development for the Living Classrooms Foundation, where he is responsible for directing Workforce Development/Job Training efforts for the Re-Entry... Read More →
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Walter Lomax

Executive Director, Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative
Walter Lomax currently serves as executive director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, an organization whose mission is to advocate and promote humane and sensible criminal justice and sentencing policies. The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative was inspired after... Read More →
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Calvin Robinson-Bey

Paralegal, n/a
In 1981, Calvin Robinson-Bey was sentenced in Maryland to a life sentence for a crime that he didn’t commit. While incarcerated for more than 33 years, he taught himself the ins and outs of criminal law. He succeeded in having his conviction and sentence vacated, and he was released... Read More →
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Warren Rymes

Founder, 3R Consulting Company
Warren Rymes currently works with the Interfaith Action Human Rights Committee, an organization dedicated to using action, education, and advocacy to eliminate the practice of prolonged solitary confinement of prisoners. At the Committee, Warren also focuses on mental health reform... Read More →
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Fasika Delessa

Paralegal, Maryland Legal Aid
Fasika Delessa is currently a paralegal with Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative. She works with her team to bring free civil legal services to individuals throughout Baltimore City and statewide with the rapidly growing Lawyer in the Library program. Before joining... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

3:30pm EDT

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

4:00pm EDT

Discussion Group: Client Engagement
Members of LGBTQ communities, high-risk and high-need clients, and people with personality disorders often experience unique and heightened involvement with the criminal legal system, and they also present challenges to their defense teams. What cultural or other sensitivities do we need to be aware of as we help them navigate a confusing and sometimes hostile environment? Bring your stories, experiences, and struggles with client engagement. Let's work together to find ways to do better for our clients and avoid burnout.

Speakers
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Lauren Choate

Social Worker, Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics
Lauren Choate is a mental health social worker at Saint Louis University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic, which combines law and social work in a unique approach to criminal representation. With an understanding that many people find themselves involved with the criminal justice... Read More →
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Taylor Harrison

Dispositional Advisor, Minnesota Public Defenders Office
Taylor Harrison is a dispositional advisor at the Public Defender’s Office in Duluth, Minnesota. She has a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on the treatment of trauma. Taylor has prior experience in community mental health centers, crisis management, and community... Read More →
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Deborah Lolai

Staff Attorney & LGBTQ Client Specialist, Criminal Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Deb received her J.D. from Touro Law Center with a Certificate in Criminal Law. Deb was the recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Student Leadership Award in 2014. Throughout her time in law school, she interned at the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law Center... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Harborview I 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Discussion Group: E-Incarceration
The application of technology to pretrial criminal proceedings has changed the landscape of criminal justice, and its effects have been felt differently in varying jurisdictions and settings. The use of these tools and processes has created for many an environment of “e-incarceration,” circumstances that are tantamount to jailing outside of a jail. This discussion group will explore how different parts of the country are using electronic monitoring, predictive policing, and pretrial supervision. Attendees will hear from practitioners who collectively represent a broad spectrum of jurisdictions, with discussion points including a focus on successes, challenges, and recommendations.

Speakers
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Manda Mitteer

Holistic Defense Director/Family Division Chief, Muskegon County Office of the Public Defender
Manda Mitteer holds a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University and earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. She worked for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare for several years before attending law school... Read More →
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Michael Mrozinski

Staff Attorney, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Michael is the staff attorney in NLADA’s Defender Legal Services division. He supports the work of public defenders nationwide, as well as improvements to indigent defense systems, through research, policy, training and technical assistance, and development of resources and toolkits... Read More →
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Yung-Mi Lee

Supervising Attorney, Brooklyn Defender Services
Yung-Mi Lee was born in Korea and spent six years of her childhood in Uganda, East Africa. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Chicago and her juris doctorate degree from Boston University School of Law. Yung-Mi began her legal career as a law secretary... Read More →
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David Miller

Manager, Policy Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
David Miller is policy manager at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, where he works to promote state and federal policy that expands access to justice for those who cannot afford to pay for legal counsel. He represents civil legal aid and public defender organizations... Read More →
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Roxana Sirk

Director of Programs, MSW, 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender
Responsible for implementing the holistic defense model for the 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender's office in Aiken, SC. As a Director of PD Programs and an MSW, oversees the overall functioning of the office and administrative staff. Responsible for conducting clients' need assessments... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Harborview II 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Discussion Group: Immigration
This discussion group will open with a brief presentation on how child protection cases in family court can become entangled with immigration issues and the deportation system. The discussion leader will also highlight tools a holistic defense team can use to leverage the family court system's emphasis on the parent-child relationship and best interests of the child to improve outcomes in the immigration system. Then it's time for your stories, experiences, and struggles with immigration issues. Let's talk this through and come up with some workable solutions.

Speakers
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Tina Luongo

Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Defense Practice, Legal Aid Society
Tina Luongo is the Attorney in Charge and chief defender of the Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society, NYC’s citywide public defender. In addition to 5 trial offices located in each borough of NYC, Tina oversees two law reforms units that mount class action litigation... Read More →
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Anne Oredecko

Legal Aid Society of New York, Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Unit
Anne Oredeko is the supervising attorney at the Racial Justice Unit at The Legal Aid Society. Before this position, she gained experience in the community lawyering model at Youth Represent. While there, she developed the School Justice Project, where she worked with students in the... Read More →
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Roshelle Amezcua

Family Defense Practice Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
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Imogene Mankin

Immigration Practice Attorney, The Bronx Defenders


Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Severn 2nd Floor

4:00pm EDT

Discussion Group: Race
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.

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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.
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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

4:00pm EDT

Discussion Group: Reentry
This discussion group will open with a brief presentation on the Breaking Barriers Pro Bono Project, which helps clients with post-conviction relief to overcome challenges to employment and educational licenses, and the coordinated effort of our county to further enhance re-entry programs and services. Then it's time for your stories, experiences, and struggles with reentry issues. Let's talk this through and come up with some workable solutions.

Speakers
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Elizabeth A. Justesen

Community Outreach Director, Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County
Elizabeth is currently the community outreach director of the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County and conducts numerous programs educating community members on the various issues they confront in the court system and knowing their rights. Previously, Elizabeth was a practicing defense... Read More →
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Reginald Williamson

Staff Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia


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

5:30pm EDT

Networking Reception
Wednesday June 5, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

7:30pm EDT

Insights about How Former Clients Are Working with Defender Offices to Improve Representation
Space is limited in each Supper Club and requires a separate sign-up. There is no fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drink.
Click here to sign up.
This Supper Club will take place at the City Cafe, 1001 Cathedral Street.

Defender offices that employ or otherwise partner with formerly incarcerated clients have been able to accomplish enhanced client representation in various forms – from connecting current clients with care services to helping defenders understand how to engage in participatory defense, utilize motivational interviewing, and effective strategies for building trust with clients. The results are something to talk about and imagine ways to bring these strategies into more defender offices. Supporting reentry should start at home with more defender offices relying on the lived experience of former clients. Come learn, share your experiences, and take away new ideas for including the invaluable wisdom of our clients everywhere.

Speakers
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Rosalie Joy

Vice President, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before joining NLADA, Rosalie was a public defender for 29 years. She spent the last eight years as the interim director of the Atlanta Public Defender's Office, in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalie is nationally recognized for her achievements in transforming the business model in Atlanta's... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
City Café 1001 Cathedral Street

7:30pm EDT

Post-Conviction Holistic Defense: A Model for Client-Driven Appellate Representation
Space is limited in each Supper Club and requires a separate sign-up. There is no fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drink.
Click here to sign up.
This Supper Club will take place at the Kona Grill, 1 E Pratt Street.

Many trial-level public defenders around the nation are embracing a holistic-based model of defense. These offices understand that effective representation means identifying and addressing the diverse ways in which clients and their communities interact with the criminal justice system. However, what happens after our clients are sentenced and incarcerated? How should a holistic model apply to the appellate process? The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is New York City's oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City's second oldest institutional indigent defense office. Since its founding in 1988, OAD has held a unique position in the field of indigent appellate defense advocacy because it not only produces superb appellate advocacy, it is also a leader in innovative, holistic, and client-centered representation. OAD believes that client-centered post-conviction representation is essential because people in the criminal appellate process have pressing needs beyond the filing of a compelling legal brief and the presentation of a powerful oral argument. Therefore, OAD created a Reinvestigation Project to immediately identify potential cases of wrongful conviction and, where appropriate, file petitions for relief; OAD advocates for systemic policy reforms around issues that directly affect its clients; and OAD is committed to ongoing education of and engagement with our clients, their family members, and their communities. Additionally, in recognition of the fact that significant issues associated with incarceration (e.g., physical/mental health care), the parole process, and reintegration to the community often impede the ability to offer meaningful assistance to counsel and/or undermine the full benefit of legal relief, in 2001 OAD created one of the first social work and reentry programs of its kind. Today, OAD's client services director works with OAD's intake specialists, who are supervised by the managing attorney, in three distinct areas: incarceration, parole, and reentry. Participants in this Supper Club will learn about the successes of using this model of holistic legal representation; how it enhances the legal representation of clients; and tips and tools for implementing and working within this model.

Speakers
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Caitlin Glass

Staff Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender
Caitlin Glass is a staff attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender, where she represents individuals in post-conviction proceedings including direct appeals, post-judgment motions, and Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) hearings. Before joining OAD, Caitlin served as the... Read More →
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Elia Johnson

Client Services Director, Office of the Appellate Defender
Elia Johnson is the client services director at the Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD), where she manages the Client Services Program, which assist OAD clients with all non-legal issues including conditions of confinement and reentry concerns. Before joining OAD, Elia was a social... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Kona Grill 1 E Pratt Street

7:30pm EDT

Providing Emotional Support to Clients Who Are Incarcerated.
Space is limited in each Supper Club and requires a separate sign-up. There is no fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drink.
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This Supper Club will take place at Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway.

This presentation will showcase our experience as a lawyer/social worker team who have to give bad news to incarcerated clients on a regular basis. Leaving an incarcerated client with no tools to alleviate the stress and anxiety our visit has created makes the experience that much more difficult for everyone. Over the years, we've developed some approaches that seem to be successful in helping clients who suffer from the effects of incarceration and bad news. We will suggest a couple of techniques that we use with clients including simple breathing exercises. We'll be looking for other ideas as we brainstorm with participants about their own experiences and ideas.

Speakers
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Lauren Choate

Social Worker, Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics
Lauren Choate is a mental health social worker at Saint Louis University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic, which combines law and social work in a unique approach to criminal representation. With an understanding that many people find themselves involved with the criminal justice... Read More →
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Susan McGraugh

Director, Criminal Defense Clinic, Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics
Susan McGraugh was the only one of her classmates to practice criminal law upon graduation. She spent two years at a small firm before joining the Missouri State Public Defender's Office in St. Louis in 1990. She served as a trial attorney representing indigent, homeless, and mentally... Read More →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Little Havana 1325 Key Highway

7:30pm EDT

The Role of Public Defenders in the Movement to Close Rikers Island
Space is limited in each Supper Club and requires a separate sign-up. There is no fee, but you will be responsible for your own food and drink.
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This Supper Club will take place at the Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt Street.

As a result of years of advocacy and organizing, New York City is on the verge of an achievement that very few thought would happen in our lifetime--the closing of Rikers Island. In order to make it possible to close Rikers and move to smaller, borough-based jails, however, the jail population must be drastically reduced and sufficient support garnered in each borough for the successful implementation of the borough-based plan. To further our commitment to decarceration and the closure of Rikers, The Bronx Defenders has launched the BxD Liberty Project, which aims to use our experience as a holistic, client-centered, and community-based public defender office to ensure that this new vision of criminal justice becomes a reality. Advocates will lay out our work to date and lead a discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by the Liberty Project. The discussion will focus on advancing decarceration strategies in the court house, in the state house, and in the community, and will highlight some of the challenges we've faced, including balancing calls for jail abolition with incrementalist approaches to change; defending the presumption of innocence while contending with political realities; and reconciling our role as a public defender office with our role as a Bronx community member and stakeholder. Finally, we will offer recommendations about how to effectively center our clients' voices in criminal justice policy reform debates.

Speakers
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Justine Olderman

Executive Director, The Bronx Defenders
Justine Olderman graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from New York University School of Law. While at N.Y.U., Justine was the managing editor of the Review of Law and Social Change and was awarded the George P. Faulk Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship. She spent... Read More →
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Carmen Pineiro

Director of Organizing and Community Engagement, The Bronx Defenders
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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 →


Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Pratt Street Ale House 206 W Pratt Street
 
Thursday, June 6
 

7:30am EDT

Registration
The registration desk is located outside of the Chesapeake Ballroom. Please visit us with questions at any point during the conference.

Thursday June 6, 2019 7:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

8:30am EDT

Adovcating for Women and Girls: Combating the Criminalization of Trauma
This presentation will address issues faced by women, girls, and non-binary people in the criminal legal system with an emphasis on their victimization and the work being done in New York to combat the systemic criminalization of trauma. This session will be one part formal presentation, addressing the aforementioned, as well as details of unique projects each presenter spearheads aimed at cultural shifts in the courts and education system. The second part will be interactive brainstorming with an emphasis on best practices, movement building, and resource sharing with other advocates engaged in similar work or who would like to see this work done in their jurisdictions. In this second section, we will discuss drawing from clinical interventions to provide defense that is both effective and trauma-informed.

Speakers
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ValentinaMorales

Senior Director, Fedcap
Valentina Morales is the senior director of justice initiatives for The Fedcap Group, creator and director of The Women’s Project. Before joining Fedcap, Valentina was a chief regional supervisor at the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS). She led teams of trial attorneys in representing... Read More →
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Ashley Sawyer

Policy Director, Girls for Gender Equity
Ashley C. Sawyer, Esq., is the policy director at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) in Brooklyn, New York. Ashley’s career is focused on using the law to divest from prisons and invest in educational equity for youth of color. At GGE, Ashley ensures that the needs of girls and transgender... Read More →
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Jane-Roberte Sampeur

Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense Division
Jane-Roberte Sampeur is a staff attorney and legal coordinator of the Women’s Pretrial Release Initiative, which is housed in the Decarceration Project at the Legal Aid Society. Her work includes direct bail representation, special litigation, and bail reform policy. She works closely... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Harborview I 2nd Floor

8:30am EDT

Defense-Based Response to the Opioid Epidemic
The opioid crisis has brought unprecedented attention and resources to the need for substance abuse treatment. Even with a growing recognition that incarceration is an ineffective (and often harmful) response, the criminal justice system continues to serve as a major player in this public health issue, with alternatives to incarceration frequently relying on ongoing court involvement and/or law enforcement interaction -- all of which bring ongoing threats of incarceration. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is launching projects in four counties (with separate funding from private, federal, and local grants) for defense-based social work services to provide screenings, assessments, and alternative sentencing plans to advocate for release into community-based treatment services. This project will discuss the projects developed, how funding was secured for these services, and status of the projects to date.

Speakers
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Melissa Rothstein

Director of Policy and Development, Maryland Office of the Public Defender


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Harborview II 2nd Floor

8:30am EDT

How to Tackle Ethical Dilemmas in Leadership
As leaders, you are faced with ethical dilemmas in your practice and management of an organization. It can be very difficult for leaders to get guidance on how to deal with these situations. This session will address examples of ethical issues that can arise and offer solutions to leaders on how to resolve them within a public defender office.

Speakers
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Lori James-Townes

Assoc. Clinical Professors, Towson University
Professor James-Townes’s passion is adding value to others. She has focused her attention on personal and professional development. Nothing brings her more joy than working with students and professionals as they take their journey and focus on achieving their full potential. She... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

8:30am EDT

Protect Your Client in Jails and Prisons Now: Prisoner Advocacy in Public Defense
As public defenders, we are the front line for addressing conditions of confinement and are in a critical position to advocate for our clients’ humane treatment and rehabilitation while incarcerated. This presentation will provide practical examples of how public defender offices can better serve clients, both pre-trial and post-conviction, with issues directly related to their incarceration through: (1) sentencing strategies for downward departures and mitigation based on the incapacity of prisons to address individual client needs; (2) creating a foundation for correctional designation to specific security levels, health care levels, facilities, or programs; (3) creating relationships with jail administrators to resolve conditions of confinement; (4) individual client litigation to resolve conditions issues; and (5) development of local resources and referrals for clients seeking further help on common issues. Other jurisdiction examples will also be highlighted.

Speakers
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Tara Chen

Staff Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Tara Chen has been an attorney in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Community Defender Division, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services Program (PRLS), since 2015. She directly advises and collaborates with Trial Division attorneys to develop holistic and effective... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Potomac 3rd Floor

8:30am EDT

A Dialogue Around Culturally Conscious Client Representation in Public Defense
In this dialogue, co-presenters will reflect upon their attorney-client relationship and discuss issues of race, class, power, and privilege that arose throughout their several year journey in criminal court.

Speakers
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John Carridice

Assistant Director, RRSY Promesa Youth Department, The Bronx Defenders
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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 →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Severn 2nd Floor

10:00am EDT

Break
Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

10:30am EDT

Defenders in Community Courts: How a Local Library Is the Home for Holistic Defenders
Defenders are used to wearing many hats to better serve their clients and communities. Public defenders in Spokane, Washington, are exploring new frontiers in the role they play in a downtown library where a local community court operates. The idea is simple, but the implementation has taken years to perfect. Instead of asking high-needs clients to come downtown to the traditional court, bring the court and a range of services to where these clients already convene and seek refuge. What's in it for the library? The program has crafted a new role for this valuable community resource that has needed to reinvent itself in recent years. This process involves collaboration with other court players in crafting responses that address clients' underlying needs while ensuring procedural and substantive justice. This presentation will be co-hosted by the Center for Court Innovation and a defender from Spokane to explore the nuances of this role for defenders, not only balancing zealous advocacy with a more collaborative approach, but also testing these strategies in new settings with new partners. The presenters will explore with the audience what skills and approaches are needed to implement the library-based community court model and early lessons from replication efforts elsewhere in the country.

Speakers
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Francis Adewale

Assistant Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender
Francis Adewale is one of the attorneys who helped establish Spokane Community Court. He has served as chair of Refugee Connections Spokane and co-chair of Spokane Homeless Coalition. He currently serves as co-chair of the Spokane County Regional Law & Justice Council’s Racial Equity... Read More →
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Emily LaGratta

Director, Procedural Justice Initiatives; Deputy Director, Training and Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
Emily LaGratta is the deputy director of training and technical assistance and director of procedural justice initiatives at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, she provides consulting services to jurisdictions and develops practitioner resources on a variety of topics... Read More →


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

10:30am EDT

How Can Strategic Planning Improve Your Defender Agency?
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

10:30am EDT

Shifting the Power: Creating a Program to Register Incarcerated Voters
In 2016, the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office began registering people to vote inside the local county jails near Oakland, California. Since this time, they have registered 633 incarcerated people to vote. Many people in and outside of jails are miseducated about who is eligible to vote, leading to the unnecessary disenfranchisement of thousands of eligible voters. Public Defenders are uniquely positioned to effectively access, educate, and motivate incarcerated people to vote. This session will discuss the historical and geographical context of voting for incarcerated people in America, how the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office was able to create and facilitate this project, and how the registration of incarcerated voters may have long lasting impact beyond the ballot. The goal of this session is to provide you with inspiration and tools to start similar projects in your jurisdiction.

Speakers
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Sascha Atkins-Loria

Social Worker, Alameda County Public Defender
Sascha Atkins-Loria is a social worker with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, where she has been employed since the program’s inception in 2014. She has worked with incarcerated populations since 2010. Sascha is currently stationed in the Alameda County Public Defender’s... Read More →
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Brendon Woods

Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender
With nearly 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation, Brendon Woods has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since he joined the office as a post-bar law clerk in 1996. In December 2012, he was appointed public defender... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Potomac 3rd Floor

10:30am EDT

Strengthen the Sixth
Come see a sneak preview of NLADA’s new online home for news, tools, and resources related to upholding Sixth Amendment rights. Through the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, we have constructed a web portal to bring together stakeholders from all across the criminal justice system to learn about how to better support efforts to Strengthen the Sixth. Feedback given in this session will be particularly valuable as we prepare for the site’s full launch later this year. Now is your chance to influence the direction that these resources take!

Speakers
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Michael Mrozinski

Staff Attorney, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Michael is the staff attorney in NLADA’s Defender Legal Services division. He supports the work of public defenders nationwide, as well as improvements to indigent defense systems, through research, policy, training and technical assistance, and development of resources and toolkits... Read More →
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Marea Beeman

Director, Research Initiatives, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Marea is an attorney who has worked for more than two decades to improve the administration of and access to justice through research, writing, and technical assistance projects. Engagements before joining NLADA in 2014 were as senior project manager with the Justice Management Institute... Read More →
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Rosalie Joy

Vice President, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before joining NLADA, Rosalie was a public defender for 29 years. She spent the last eight years as the interim director of the Atlanta Public Defender's Office, in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalie is nationally recognized for her achievements in transforming the business model in Atlanta's... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

10:30am EDT

The Black Public Defender Association: Why? What? How?
The new Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) section of NLADA raises many questions, among them: Why is it needed? What does it hope to accomplish? How will it work to support improvements in public defense? This session will discuss the history and creation of the Black Public Defender Association. Presenters will focus on why the work of the new Association is needed and what they hope to accomplish in the first few years of existence. The session will also seek feedback from the defender community about the role BPDA can play in supporting your work and broader public defense reform.

Speakers
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Chiquisha Robinson

Deputy Chief, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services, Public Defender Service for DC
Ms. Robinson serves as the deputy chief for the Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services program in the D.C. Public Defender Services' Community Defender Division. The Community Defender Division (CDD) provides legal advice, social services, and community education and outreach to adults... Read More →
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Patrice James

Founding Attorney, Still She Rises
Patrice James has spent her career tackling the inequities of the criminal justice system. Most recently, she was a founding attorney of Still She Rises, Tulsa, where she provided holistic legal representation primarily to low-income women of color, engaged in community building... Read More →


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

12:00pm EDT

Break
Thursday June 6, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm EDT
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

12:15pm EDT

Closing Plenary: Recognizing Your Own Privilege
We will begin our COD Network conference closing plenary with a presentation from members of NLADA's Client Council, "Recognizing Your Own Privilege." This is a great opportunity to hear the unique and all-important perspective of the clients we work to serve.

We will conclude with closing remarks from NLADA President & CEO Jo-Ann Wallace.

Speakers
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Regina Kelly

NLADA Board of Directors, Client Advocate, Hearne, TX
A mother of four by age 24, Regina Kelly worked multiple jobs to support her family and provide a safe environment in the midst of the tough neighborhood in which they lived. Despite her efforts, she became entangled in an ironic twist of fate when she was arrested at work right before... Read More →
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Ronald Simpson-Bey

Just Leadership USA, Just Leadership USA
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a national leader in the decarceration movement and currently works as the director of outreach and alumni engagement for JustLeadershipUSA. He is also a 2015 LwC Fellow with JLUSA committed to cutting the national prison population in half by 2030. Ronald... Read More →
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Jo-Ann Wallace

President & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Before becoming head of NLADA, Jo-Ann Wallace was the organization’s senior vice president for programs, responsible for oversight of both the civil legal aid and public defense program agendas. From 1994 to 2000, she served as director of the Public Defender Service for the District... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor