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.

Emily Ponder

Neighborhood Defender Services, Inc.
Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice
New York NY
Emily Ponder Williams is a supervising attorney in the Civil Defense Practice at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, where she has also served as a staff attorney. At NDS, Emily supervises and provides defensive and affirmative representation for residents of Upper Manhattan facing a variety of civil legal issues arising from contact with the criminal justice and family court systems, including housing, employment, civil forfeiture, police misconduct, and re-entry matters through collaboration across practices. Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation, Emily was a Fellow in the Civil Action Practice at the Bronx Defenders before joining NDS. She also serves as a member of the New York City Bar Association Housing Court Committee and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Aid and is involved in numerous coalitions across New York City focused on promoting re-entry and reducing criminal justice-related barriers.