Race and Public Defense (SCJN 2021)

20th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference
August 18-20, 2021 | Held Virtually

Learn about the different ways lawyers have organized within the legal community and beyond to better address racial inequity in their jurisdictions.

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When people think of public defense, they often think of it as a service provided in the context of criminal representation.  However, historically lawyers who represent indigent defendants have sometimes served a hybrid function as both legal advocates and community organizers.

  • Kenitra Brown, Founding Board Member & Criminal Justice Committee Co-Lead, Power in Action; Staff Attorney and Director of Engagement, The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center
  • Emily Coward, Project Attorney, North Carolina Racial Equity Network, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government
  • Johanna Jennings, Founder & Executive Director, The Decarceration Project
  • Kimberly O'Neil, CEO, Giving Blueprint; Founding Director, Power in Action
  • Moderated by: Monica Milton, Public Defense Counsel, NACDL
     

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