2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Adeola Ogunkeyede

Legal Aid Justice Center
Legal Director, Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program
Richmond VA
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 development at The Bronx Defenders, where she worked to strengthen the experience of all Bronx Defenders by developing best practices for recruitment, hiring, evaluations, trainings, special project assignments, and advancement opportunities in order to promote a strong organizational culture and recognize the unique contributions of all staff to the core work of holistic defense. During her tenure at The Bronx Defenders, she also served as a supervising attorney and the litigation supervisor of the criminal practice. In her current role, Adeola directs her program’s efforts to challenge the criminalization of poverty in Virginia. Using a combination of individual representation, community organizing, policy reform, and impact litigation in federal court, her program seeks to expose and eliminate the practices and policies within Virginia’s criminal legal system that create or exacerbate poverty in low-income communities of color. Adeola sits on multiple state and local commissions and is frequently called upon as an authority in the areas of civil rights, criminal legal policy, police accountability and civilian oversight, and training and support for indigent defense practitioners. Adeola received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, where she was a member of the Criminal Law Clinic, president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and coordinator of the Street Law Program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Upon graduation, she received the Crest Award for Service and Leadership and the General Maurice Hirsch Award, presented each year to the graduating law student who contributes most distinctively and constructively to university or community needs. After graduation, Adeola interned for the Honorable Carl Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. A native of Queens, New York, Adeola received her B.A. from Duke University. She is licensed to practice in New York and Virginia.