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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James King

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Supervising Attorney
Washington DC
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 also represented juveniles in revocation hearings in front of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and disciplinary hearings inside of the Youth Services Center in D.C. When he is not in court, Mr. King works as a motivational speaker, a consultant, mock trial coach, and a member of the executive board for two nonprofit organizations. Mr. King graduated from Central Michigan University located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. While there, he spearheaded the fight for the university to acknowledge Martin Luther King Day by cancelling classes in honor of the day. After a long-fought battle, the university agreed to dismiss school for the first time ever and has done so since the resolution was passed in 2004. After graduation, Mr. King briefly played professional football. After being falsely accused and convicted of a crime, his passion transferred from athletics to the law. In the fall of 2009, he entered law school at the David A. Clarke School of Law in the District of Columbia. While in law school, Mr. King was elected president of the student body. His academic efforts enabled him to obtain the Dean’s Fellow Scholarship and to become a member of the Law Review. Because of his fight for community and justice, Mr. King was awarded the Mason Civil Rights Scholarship Award for Extensive Community Service (he was given this award for his outstanding contributions in community service.); the Judge Pryor Award for his excellence in criminal justice; the David Niblak Scholarship Award for his commitment to criminal defense; and the Dean’s Cup for outstanding service.