2019 Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference.
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Nicole Smith Futrell

City University of New York School of Law
Associate Professor; Co-Director, Defenders Clinic
New York NY
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, clemency and parole petitions, school suspension hearings, and conviction sealing applications. Before joining the faculty, Professor Smith Futrell was a public defender at the Bronx Defenders, where she litigated misdemeanor and felony cases and conducted criminal law trainings for new attorneys and local community groups. She has also worked as an advisor in the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia University Law School. Before attending law school, she studied South Africa's post-apartheid criminal justice system at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal as an Institute for International Public Policy Fellow. Professor Smith Futrell’s scholarship and clinical practice explore the use of legal and non-legal methods in addressing the needs of clients and communities marginalized by the criminal justice system. Her work, which has been featured in both academic and popular publications, analyzes the relationship between social justice movements and the reform of criminal law and policy. Professor Smith Futrell holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

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Thursday, June 6

4:00pm EDT