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.

Mary Harper

Brooklyn Defender Services
Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice
Brooklyn NY
Mary (Van Houten) Harper is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School. At Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), Mary represents detained noncitizens in removal proceedings through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) – the nation’s first public defender program that BDS helped pioneer. Before joining BDS, Mary worked as a litigation associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where she devoted hundreds of hours to detained immigration matters with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, advocated to shut down the Berks' family detention center with Human Rights First, and led the firm’s efforts in responding to the 2017 Executive Orders banning refugees and other immigrants from the United States. Mary also worked on immigration, refugee, and criminal law issues at the ACLU of Northern California, the International Refugee Assistance Project, and the UN Human Rights Council. After law school, she clerked for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.