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


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 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... Read More →


Herbert Duzant

Senior Investigator, Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada
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Aisha McWeay

Executive Director, Still She Rises, Tulsa
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Martesha Johnson

Chief Defender, Nashville Defenders, Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference

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


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-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 →

Richard Harris

Co-Chair, Litigation and Trials Practice Group, Littler OnDemand
Richard Harris represents management in a wide variety of employment litigation matters, including high stakes/high profile litigation, wrongful termination and promotion cases, discrimination claims, racial and sexual harassment claims, trade secret litigation/unfair business practices... Read More →

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


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
Harborview II 2nd Floor