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2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Thursday, June 6
 

1:00pm

Registration
The registration desk is located outside of the Chesapeake Ballroom. Please visit us with questions at any point during the conference.

Thursday June 6, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

2:00pm

BPDA Board Meeting
The executive committee of BPDA will hold a board meeting to discuss the business matters of the organization. This is a closed meeting, by invitation only.

Thursday June 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Harborview I 2nd Floor

4:00pm

BPDA Membership Meetings
The membership and recruitment committee will host a meeting for ALL BPDA members to discuss the formation of chapters and membership committees.


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harborview II 2nd Floor

5:00pm

Opening Plenary: The Role of Black Public Defenders in Shaping Justice
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.

Moderators
Speakers
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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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Ed Burnette

Consultant, Inspired Vision
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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 →


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

6:30pm

 
Friday, June 7
 

7:30am

Registration
The registration desk is located outside of the Chesapeake Ballroom. Please visit us with questions at any point during the conference.

Friday June 7, 2019 7:30am - 2:00pm
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

8:00am

Litigating Race in the Courtroom
The workshop will highlight the important and innovate work of the San Francisco Public Defender Office on racial justice. Many black defenders know that race plays a central role in the criminal legal system, but they lack the tools and knowledge needed to attack the issues in the courtroom. This workshop will equip you with the tools and ideas needed to address race in the courtroom.

Speakers

Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

8:00am

How to Become a Leader in Public Defense
This workshop will focus on the pathway to leadership in public defense. Leadership opportunities in the public defense community are diverse in nature, and we will feature different types of leaders in the public defense community. They will discuss their pathway to assuming those roles and provide advice for emerging leaders.

Moderators
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Stan German

Executive Director, New York County Defender Services
Stan German is a graduate of New York University School of Law and a criminal defense attorney. Upon graduation, he worked at the criminal defense division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City in Brooklyn before joining New York County Defender Services as a staff attorney. He... Read More →

Speakers

Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Harborview II 2nd Floor

8:00am

The Fundamentals of Cross
Cross-examination is the cornerstone of a public defender’s work. This session will focus on the fundamental trial skills needed to be excellent at cross-examination. The process of preparing for cross-examination involves determining a theory of the case, investigation and fact gathering, organizing facts by topic (preparation charts), preparing the cross-examination (chapters of cross-examination), and execution of the cross-examination. This session will give you the roadmap to how to master cross-examination.

Speakers
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Brandi Harden

Managing Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Brandi Harden is currently the managing partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in Washington, D.C. Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, specializes in criminal defense litigation, contract, divorce, and family law. Ms. Harden is also an adjunct professor at Howard University... Read More →
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Adeola is the founding legal director of the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia. She also teaches the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. Before moving to Virginia, Adeola served as the first director of staff... Read More →
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Heather Pinckney

Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Ms. Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC. Located in Washington, D.C., Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of criminal defense litigation, civil litigation, contract law, and family law. The firm practices in D.C... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Harborview I 2nd Floor

9:30am

Break
Friday June 7, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

9:45am

How to Work with Client Communities & Acknowledge Our Own Privilege
This workshop will focus on strengthening client relationships, and it will discuss the inherent power dynamic between clients and public defense advocates. We will discuss how to recognize and own our privilege as public defense professionals and how it affects our relationships with clients.

Speakers
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Regina Kelly

Chair, NLADA Client Council, Lone Star Legal Aid
A mother of four by age 24, Regina Kelly worked multiple jobs to support her family and provide a safe environment in the midst of the tough neighborhood in which they lived. Despite her efforts, she became entangled in an ironic twist of fate when she was arrested at work right before... Read More →
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Ronald Simpson-Bey

Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement, JustLeadershipUSA
Ronald D. Simpson-Bey is a national leader in the decarceration movement and currently works as the director of outreach and alumni engagement for JustLeadershipUSA. He is also a 2015 LwC Fellow with JLUSA committed to cutting the national prison population in half by 2030. Ronald... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

9:45am

How to Navigate Workplace Challenges as a Public Defender Leader
This workshop will discuss the workplace challenges that face public defenders. It will focus on the information that every manager or chief in a public defender office should know. Specifically, the workshop will cover employment law issues and some of the barriers encountered by leadership in public defense. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge and tools needed to cultivate a healthy and productive workforce.

Speakers
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Kier Bradford-Grey

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Keir Bradford-Grey was named chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015. Previously, she was a trial lawyer at the Defender Association and the Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office before she was named chief defender for the Montgomery County (PA) Public... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am
Harborview II 2nd Floor

9:45am

Cross-Examination: Intensive Small Group Exercises
After the lecture outlining the fundamentals of cross examination, students will be broken into small groups. Under the leadership of expert attorneys, the students will have the opportunity to participate in small on-their-feet practice and coaching sessions. Students will receive materials in advance and will be expected to arrive to the session having read through the facts and with having prepared a few chapters of cross examination to use in the practice.

Speakers
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Brandi Harden

Managing Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Brandi Harden is currently the managing partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in Washington, D.C. Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, specializes in criminal defense litigation, contract, divorce, and family law. Ms. Harden is also an adjunct professor at Howard University... Read More →
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Adeola is the founding legal director of the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia. She also teaches the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. Before moving to Virginia, Adeola served as the first director of staff... Read More →
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Heather Pinckney

Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Ms. Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC. Located in Washington, D.C., Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of criminal defense litigation, civil litigation, contract law, and family law. The firm practices in D.C... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 9:45am - 11:15am
Harborview I 2nd Floor

11:15am

Break
Friday June 7, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Chesapeake Gallery 3rd Floor

11:30am

Discussion Groups: a. How to Find Your Voice as a Leader of Color b. The Power of Mentorship c. What Does Fellowship Look Like among Black Public Defenders?
This experience will allow you to discover, discuss, and dedicate some time to mentoring others, finding your voice as a formal or informal leader of color, and what fellowship looks like among black practitioners within the criminal and family defense worlds. These discussions will be facilitated by current practitioners who have navigated the different pathways of support, skill, and strength that keep them doing this work.


Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

11:30am

Demonstrating Our Value: Black Leadership in Public Defense
As black public defenders, we know our worth to our clients and the value we bring to countless courtrooms as we hold the criminal legal system in check on case after case, day after day. But our own organizations, and the legal profession in general, often don’t recognize our unique skills and experiences as valuable to wider conversations about professional and organizational development, innovation, and sustainability. This session will help black public defenders conceptualize all the ways they add value across the full spectrum of organizational operations and strategize on how they can (and should!) demonstrate that value to their peers, managers, and others across the legal profession in order to advance their professional goals.

Speakers
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
Adeola is the founding legal director of the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia. She also teaches the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law. Before moving to Virginia, Adeola served as the first director of staff... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Harborview II 2nd Floor

11:30am

Cross-Examination: Intensive Small Group Exercises
After a lecture outlining the fundamentals of cross examination, students will be broken into small groups. Under the leadership of expert attorneys, the students will have the opportunity to participate in small, on-their-feet practice and coaching sessions. Students will receive materials in advance and will be expected to arrive to the session having read through the facts and with having prepared a few chapters of cross examination to use in the practice.

Speakers
BH

Brandi Harden

Managing Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Brandi Harden is currently the managing partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, a boutique law firm located in Washington, D.C. Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, specializes in criminal defense litigation, contract, divorce, and family law. Ms. Harden is also an adjunct professor at Howard University... Read More →
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Heather Pinckney

Partner, Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Ms. Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden & Pinckney, PLLC. Located in Washington, D.C., Harden & Pinckney, PLLC, is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of criminal defense litigation, civil litigation, contract law, and family law. The firm practices in D.C... Read More →


Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Harborview I 2nd Floor

1:15pm

Closing Plenary: Lawyering While Black: How to Fight for My Clients and Take Care of My Health
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.

Moderators
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Lori James-Townes

Lecturer, 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 →

Speakers
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Kenneth Days III

Director and 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 →
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April Frazier Camara

Director of Defender Legal Services Initiatives, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
April Frazier Camara is the director of defender legal services initiatives, which advances NLADA’s goals and priorities through strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing public defense. For the last eight years, April worked as a public defender with the Public Defender Service... Read More →


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