2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Brendon Woods

Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Public Defender
Oakland CA
Appointed in December 2012, Brendon Woods is the first African American public defender in Alameda County’s history and is currently the only African American public defender in the state of California. He had formative experiences with law enforcement from a young age that steered his life and career toward public defense. Woods is a board member and former president of the California Public Defenders Association and was honored with the Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship for outstanding public service. His work in holistic defense has made him a nationally recognized leader in the field.