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2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Brendon Woods

Alameda County Public Defender
Public Defender
Oakland CA
With nearly 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation, Brendon Woods has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since he joined the office as a post-bar law clerk in 1996. In December 2012, he was appointed public defender. He is the first African-American Public Defender in Alameda County history. Woods leads 160 attorneys, investigators, and support staff, operating out of five branches throughout the County, to provide superior legal defense in more than 3,300 new files monthly. In 2013, his office was named Law Office of the Year by the Alameda County Bar Association. Woods is a nationally recognized leader and innovator in public defense. He was recently sworn in as the president of the California Public Defenders Association and was honored with the Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship for his outstanding public service accomplishments. He shares his expertise at speaking engagements around the country and is considered an expert on many subjects associated with public defense, including holistic representation, racial profiling, community empowerment, police reform, and models of immigration representation.