This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Friday, November 2 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Defending Our Own: The Life and Journey of the Black Public Defender [RJ]

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This panel will discuss the lived experiences of black public defenders and formally introduce the new section of NLADA, the Black Public Defender Association. The panelists will discuss the purpose, goals, and why its creation was necessary.


Patrice James

Director of Community Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
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 →

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Keir Bradford-Grey

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Keir Bradford-Grey began her tenure as chief defender in Philadelphia in September 2015, following service as chief defender of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. At the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Ms. Bradford-Grey focuses on serving the citizens of Philadelphia through innovative... Read More →

Kevann Gardner

Criminal Defense Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
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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 →
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Martesha Johnson

Chief Public Defender, Public Defender - Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
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James King

Supervising Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
James King is a supervising attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the Trial Division. Mr. King represents adults and juveniles charged as adults at the District of Columbia Superior Court and in front of the United States Parole Commission. He has... Read More →
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center

Friday November 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
San Felipe Westin Galleria, 3rd Level