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2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Membership Meetings [clear filter]
Thursday, June 6
 

4:00pm

BPDA Membership Committee
This meeting will focus on the creation of BPDA chapters and membership engagement.

Speakers
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Sylvia Smith

Staff Attorney-Trial Division, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
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Porsha Venable

Staff Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
Porsha Venable graduated from American University, where she studied International Criminal Law and Islamic law. After graduation, she worked as a lieutenant governor of the Public Interest Section in American Bar Association 9th Circuit. She then became the president of Public Interest... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chesapeake I-II 3rd Floor

4:00pm

Pathways to Legal Education
Black public defenders have an important role to play as teachers in both professional and academic settings. Yet, for many of us, law teaching may seem out of reach. This workshop explores the various pathways available to public defenders seeking to engage with legal education. This session will explain what law teaching involves and provide advice on how to pursue clinical and other academic opportunities.

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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Nicole Smith Futrell

Associate Professor; Co-Director, Defenders Clinic, City University of New York School of Law
Nicole Smith Futrell is an associate professor and co-director of the Defenders Clinic at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. In the clinic, she and her students handle a variety of defense related cases such as representing clients in state court misdemeanor matters... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Severn I 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Social Policy and Advocacy Committee
This committee of BPDA is focused on policy reform and advocacy on issues affecting black public defenders. This meeting will focus on developing a plan and strategy on how BPDA can engage the larger criminal justice reform community and how members can volunteer to ensure the success of the work.

Speakers
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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 →


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Chesapeake III 3rd Floor

4:00pm

Training and Professional Development Committee
This meeting will focus on identifying topics and ideas for future BPDA training.

Speakers
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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 →


Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Potomac 3rd Floor