2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Thursday, June 6 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Opening Plenary: The Role of Black Public Defenders in Shaping Justice

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Black public defenders have played an instrumental role in shaping justice in America. We will discuss the various roles that current and former public defenders have played in advancing criminal justice reform and social justice. The panel will include a diverse group of defenders who currently serve in leadership roles in leading social justice organizations, serving as members of the judiciary, and academics.


Brittany Mobley

Staff Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Brittany Mobley has been an attorney for the Juvenile Services Program for the Public Defender Service (PDS) for Washington, D.C., since July 2015. Before joining PDS, Brittany was a senior attorney at the Children’s Law Center within its Guardian ad Litem Program representing children... Read More →


Chiquisha Robinson

Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services Manager, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Ms. Robinson serves as the Manager of the Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services program in the D.C. Public Defender Services' Community Defender Division. The Community Defender Division (CDD) provides legal advice, social services, and community education and outreach to adults and children... Read More →

Charles Dorsey

Associate Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Judge Charles H. Dorsey III has been associate judge for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City since December 22, 2016. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Dorsey was the deputy public defender for the State of Maryland, a position he held since December 2009. The Office of... Read More →

Vida Johnson

Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Before joining Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Johnson was a supervising attorney in the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where she worked for eight years. At PDS, Ms. Johnson was assigned to the most serious cases at the... Read More →
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Brendon Woods

Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender's Office
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... Read More →

Genesis Draper

Assistant Public Defender, Harris County Public Defender's Office
Genesis Draper is an assistant public defender with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Houston. Before joining Harris County, she was an assistant federal public defender for the Southern District of Texas in Houston and an assistant public defender with the Metropolitan... Read More →

Patrice James

Director of Community Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Thursday June 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

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