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 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Race and Wrongful Misdemeanors [RJ]

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This session will explore how misdemeanors and municipal courts are abused to target, ensnare, and marginalize people of color. It will cover the criminalization of innocuous activity, the over-policing of neighborhoods, and the systemic problems within municipal courts that have weaponized misdemeanors as a tool of racial oppression. Lastly, it will encourage participants to examine and rethink the role and responsibilities of defenders in municipal court.

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Nikki Trautman Baszynski

Assistant State Public Defender, Ohio Public Defender
Nikki Trautman Baszynski is an assistant state public defender in the Ohio Public Defender's Appeals and Postconviction Department and the founding co-chair of the office's Racial Justice Initiative. Her work in the initiative has centered on the criminalization of poverty, relationship-building... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level