2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Friday, June 7 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Closing Plenary: Lawyering While Black: How to Fight for My Clients and Take Care of My Health

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As black public defenders, it was disturbing (while not surprising) to hear about the injustice that occurred in Hartford County, Maryland, when Rashad James was detained for impersonating an attorney while in court representing his client. Unfortunately, many of you surely have similar stories to share from your own practice. This panel will discuss the distinct pressures faced by black advocates working in the criminal legal system, and it will discuss the importance of self-care and managing the stress and secondary trauma that comes with the work.

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Lori James-Townes

Assoc. Clinical Professors, Towson University
Professor James-Townes’s passion is adding value to others. She has focused her attention on personal and professional development. Nothing brings her more joy than working with students and professionals as they take their journey and focus on achieving their full potential. She... Read More →


Keisha Hudson

Deputy Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County Public Defender's Office

Erin Miles Cloud

Trial Attorney, The Bronx Defenders

Kenneth Days

Director/Chief Public Defender, City of Atlanta: Office of the Public Defender
Kenneth Days III is the current director and chief public defender for the City of Atlanta Office of the Public Defender. Before his tenure with the City of Atlanta, Days was a managing attorney for a large real estate practice and worked in private practice advocating as both plaintiff... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Chesapeake II 3rd Floor