2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Leadership Training [clear filter]
Friday, June 7

8:00am EDT

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.

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Stan Germán

Executive Director, New York County Defender Services
Stan Germán has spent his entire career as a criminal defense attorney. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. Upon graduation, Mr. Germán went to work as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City in Kings County. Thereafter, he worked... Read More →


Herbert Duzant

Criminal Defense Investigator, Neveda Federal Defenders
Herbert Duzant is a native New Yorker and veteran criminal defense investigator with more than 25 years of experience. Mr. Duzant is currently the senior investigator at the District of Nevada’s Federal Public Defender (FPD), where he handles both fact and mitigation investigations... Read More →
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Aisha McWeay

Executive Director, Still She Rises, Tulsa
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Martesha Johnson

Chief Public Defender, Public Defender - Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County

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

9:45am EDT

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.

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Keir Bradford-Gray

Chief Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Since becoming Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015, Keir Bradford- Grey has been the city’s leading advocate for comprehensive justice system reform. Ms. Bradford- Grey believes that the Defender must not only provide clients with first-rate legal... Read More →
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Rich Harris

Littler Mendelson P.C., Shareholder
Richard Harris counsels employers with regard to crisis management, litigation avoidance and assists employers in developing policies and programs in accordance with state and federal employment laws. His practice also includes conducting internal corporate investigations and workplace... Read More →

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

11:30am EDT

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.


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 EDT
Harborview II 2nd Floor