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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Nikki Trautman Baszynski

Ohio Public Defender
Assistant State Public Defender
Columbus OH
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 with community members, and municipal-court reform. Before joining OPD, Nikki served as the inaugural Greif Fellow in Juvenile Human Trafficking at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While in law school, Nikki founded SPEAK, a student-driven dispute-resolution system whose purpose was to foster difficult conversations that address biases, misunderstandings, discomfort, and assumptions within the college and beyond. For that work, she received The Ohio State University 2013 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Before becoming a lawyer, Nikki was a founding teacher at the high-performing Columbus Collegiate Academy and a Teach for America corps member in the Bronx.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, November 2

2:30pm CDT