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

Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Public Defender
Oakland CA
In December 2012, Brendon Woods became the first African American public defender in Alameda County’s history. Woods has nearly 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation and leads 160 staff in providing 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 committed to providing holistic representation and is a nationally recognized leader in public defense. He is the president of the California Public Defenders Association and was honored with the Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship for outstanding public service. From a young age, Brendon Woods had formative experiences with law enforcement, which steered him toward public defense. He feels fortunate to fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves and to help reshape the discourse and nature of public defense and criminal justice as a whole.