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Nation's Criminal Defense Bar to Release Major Report on the Consequences of Arrest and Conviction Affecting At Least 65 Million People in America; Focus is Roadmap to the Restoration of Rights and Status





 Collateral Damage: America’s Failure to Forgive or Forget in the War on Crime – A Roadmap to Restore Rights and Status After Arrest or Conviction 



Thursday, May 29, 2014 
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

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Open Society Foundations
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006 


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10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Registration, Networking & Light Refreshments
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Program


Nkechi Taifa, Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations

Project Overview 

Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, NACDL & Rick Jones, Executive Director of Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and Co-Chair of NACDL Task Force on Restoration of Rights and Status After Conviction

Special Guests 

Congressman Danny K. Davis, Illinois’ 7th District
The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., former Governor of Maryland, Senior Counsel at King & Spalding

Policy & Affected Community Perspective  

Lamont Carey, Founder & CEO of LaCarey Enterprises
Bernard Kerik, Former New York City Police Commissioner, Founder/CEO of The Kerik Group
Christine Leonard, Director of the Washington, DC Office of the Vera Institute of Justice
Mark O’Brien, Senior Criminal Justice Policy Associate at the Legal Action Center

Discussion/Q & A 




Ivan Dominguez, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (202) 465-7662 or

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.