Some enterprising start-ups are utilizing technology to ensure that people facing criminal charges and the attorneys who represent them can better navigate the criminal court process. During this hour-long webinar, Zoë Root will moderate a conversation between Gabriel Leader-Rose, one of the founders of Good Call, and Jacob Sills, the CEO of Uptrust. The panel will explore the impact of each organization’s innovations, the principles of fairness and compassion that underlie their efforts, and the work still to be done to assist the lives of those charged in criminal court. Register here.
Register now for "The Face of Gideon: A Conversation with Public Defenders and Former Clients"
March 18, 2018 marks the anniversary of Gideon vs. Wainright, the landmark unanimous 1963 Supreme Court decision requiring states to provide public defenders to people accused of crimes who cannot afford to pay a private attorney. Fifty-five years after Gideon, with over two million people incarcerated in the United States, many of whom are indigent, public defenders are more critical than ever. Despite significant victories by the Right to Counsel National Campaign (R2C) and its partners, the Supreme Court’s mandate of effective representation for every accused person whose liberty is at stake is largely unfunded and unrealized. American University’s Justice Programs Office is excited to invite you to participate in our hour-long R2C webinar. Former public defender Zoë Root will moderate a candid conversation between public defenders and clients to explore how the Gideon decision shapes the criminal justice experiences of accused people, and the advocates who defend them.
The National Association for Public Defense's 2017 Workloads Institute, held November 17-18 at St. Louis University Law School, is now open for registration!
On October 25, at 2:00pm ET, NAPD will hold a webinar that will discuss how a loose coalition of public defenders, justice organizations, law enforcement, law firms, and other advocates succeeded in ending cash bail in Maryland without civil rights litigation.
This webinar will focus on how mindful activities can help public defenders better handle the pressures of their jobs. Throughout the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to practice some short, mindful activities that can be easily incorporated into their everyday lives.
From December 6-9 in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel, NLADA will hold its 2017 Annual Conference. More than 700 equal justice advocates will come together to participate in substantive workshops on topics critical to helping effectively meet the legal needs of low-income people.
Don't miss R2C’s panel: Right to Counsel National Campaign: Charting the Path to Change
NLADA is hosting their 2017 New Leadership Training September 14-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The training is part of a NLADA's National Defender Leadership Institute series, which is designed by a team of experienced defender leaders and trainers. It provides an opportunity for defender leaders to step back from the day-to-day demands of their work and focus on developing leadership skills they can use in their offices and in their criminal justice systems.
R2C Plenary Session: "Judges as Champions of the Constitutional Right to Counsel" at the American Judges Association's 57th Annual Educational Conference
Will you be at the American Judges Association (AJA) Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, from September 10-15, 2017? If yes, don't miss the Right to Counsel National Campaign's plenary session, Judges as Champions of the Constitutional Right to Counsel, September 13 between 8:30am – 9:45am ET.
To attend the webinar, register here: https://bja-au.webex.com/bja-au/onstage/g.php?PRID=ceb1c4621ef90031686e453ee1a7b691
From September 11-12, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) will host the third meeting of the Defender Research Consortium, a community of public defenders, researchers, technologists, and policy advocates who meet annually to discuss ways to increase and improve research about indigent defense systems. Attendance is very limited and only a few spots remain. Register today.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is excited to share their new five-part webinar series, Partnerships that Work, to help civil and defender stakeholders understand better the ins and outs of connecting their programs to federal resources. Beginning in early August and running through November 2017 (at least!), these webinars will offer opportunities for participants to learn from programs which have succeeded in navigating the world of federal funding and partnerships.
R2C Summer 2017 Quarterly Webinar - “Real Talk with Former Defenders: Continuing to Champion the Right to Counsel in Alternative Justice System Roles”
A recording of this webinar, “Real Talk with Former Defenders: Continuing to Champion the Right to Counsel in Alternative Justice System Roles,” can be viewed here. A PDF of the PowerPoint from this webinar can be downloaded here.
National Juvenile Defender Center: "The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years After Gault" Symposium
Join the National Juvenile Defender Center and the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic as we continue the movement to fulfill the promise of Gault with a symposium at Georgetown University Law Center. "The Right to Remain Children: Race and Juvenile Justice 50 Years after Gault” is an interdisciplinary workshop for juvenile justice practitioners that will provide attendees with concrete strategies to address and overcome racial disparities in juvenile court.
The night before the symposium, on May 15, be part of history and stand up for children's rights! Please join NJDC for the Gault at 50 Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that affirmed children's right to counsel. To find out more and RSVP, click here.
The American Judges Association (AJA) is holding its mid-year Conference in Arlington, VA from April 27-30, 2017. On Friday, April 28 from 9:00 — 10:15am, they will hold the panel "First Shot at Justice: The Power of Legal Representation at the First Appearance," which will emphasize the importance of defense counsel at first appearance.
Check out their website for updates: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/conferences/
The Right to Counsel (R2C) National Consortium is holding its Second Annual Meeting on October 25, 2016 at the Department of Justice. While the meeting is by invitation only, we are excited to announce that the meeting will be live streamed at http://justice.gov/live-stream from (9:00 AM EDT – 1:30 PM EDT).
The second annual meeting will provide the participants an opportunity to hear from U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about the department’s latest efforts commitment to ensure effective implementation of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and to learn about legislative efforts to improve the right to counsel in the states. It is also an opportunity for the R2C national consortium members to highlight their efforts over the past year in advancing the right to counsel. For a complete schedule of events, please see the agenda here.
For full remarks from Deputy Attorney General Yates, Assistant Attorney General Mason, and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta, please click here.
Read the official report of this meeting here.
The American Judges Association's annual conference will be from September 25th-30th in Toronto, ON, Canada.
The September 28th session: Judge’s Role in Ensuring Constitutional Right to Counsel
This will be a discussion on the role judiciary plays in meaningfully and effectively carrying out the constitutional right to counsel. The panelists will provide an overview on the state of right to counsel in Canada and United States and delve into progresses made in states with respect to right to counsel over the recent years, including a discussion about the newly launched U.S. Department of Justice’s National Campaign on the Right to Counsel (R2C).
· Norman L. Reimer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
· Judge Betty T. Moore, Shelby County, Tennessee
· Justice James Stribopoulos, Ontario Court of Justice
For more information regarding the conference, please click here.
Register here for R2C's our next quarterly webinar on September 8th from 2-3pm ET!
We hope you will join us!
View the Webinar
You can view this past webinar here.
Here are also three additional videos from webinar participants.
- Public Defender Origin Story (Shelby County Public Defenders)
- How to get a criminal record expungement in Memphis (Just City)
- What is an expungement? (Just City)
NACo's annual conference will be from July 22-25, 2016 in Long Beach, CA.
From 8:00am-9:15am on July 25, there will be a session called "Stepping Up: Key Considerations for Reducing Mental Illness in Jails," that wil highlight the role public defense providers play in this initiative.
For more information and to register for the conference, please click here.
Click here for the conference agenda.
NACM's annual conference was held from July 10-July 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Conference material from NACM’s annual conference held earlier this month in Pittsburgh, PA is now available online. You may now view the session material from The Role of Court Managers in Ensuring the Right to Counsel by clicking here.
We are pleased to announce our second quarterly webinar that will be held on June 16th at 2:00 p.m. EST.
- Presentation by David Carroll of the Sixth Amednment Center about recent legislation
- Presentation by Nancy Belden and John Russonello of Belden Russonello Strategists about R2C market research
- R2C social media update by Ivan Dominguez of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Consortium members - open floor for updates and/or questions
- Go to: https://bja-au.webex.com/bja-au/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3feae1ff5c7d85b77334ef6c872d7420
- Choose the webinar event you would like to register for and click Register.
- On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.
For any questions about the webinar or the registratino process, please contact Genevieve Citrin at email@example.com
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Click here to watch this past webinar.
Pretrial Meeting, June 8-9, 2016, Baltimore, MD
At their upcoming regional pretrial meetings, the June 8 session on public defense on will be moderated by Leah Garabedian, Sr. Program Manager at Justice Management Institute (JMI). It will be held at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Md. This workshop will focus on the importance of appointing counsel at the pretrial stage and will highlight a jurisdiction for State Administering Agencies looking to utilize a systemic approach when developing a comprehensive criminal justice strategic plan. Learn more here.
Register here! http://bit.ly/22QjEfj
As part of National Reentry Week, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Right to Counsel Initiative at American University will hold a "virtual townhall" on the role of indigent defense service providers in reentry on Thursday April 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST. The event will highlight three jurisdictions that are providing services to returning citizens through their public defender offices: Washington, DC; Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; and Lee County, South Carolina. Panelists will also address funding, stakeholder buy-in, successes, and challenges.
The session will be highly interactive and will be moderated by Tracy Velázquez, Associate Director of the Justice Programs Office at American University. The event will last between 60-75 minutes depending on the number of questions attendees have. The first 30 minutes will be devoted to brief presentations and moderator questions. The rest of the event will be devoted to questions by attendees. We encourage attendees to submit comments and accompanying material in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org if desired. Panelists include Jamie Rodriguez, Dean Beer, and Aleksandra Chauhuan and other program staff.
Watch the video of the remote townhall here!
Presented by the National Association for Public Defense
This webinar will provide an overview of the Right to Counsel National Campaign launched by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the US Department of Justice and coordinated by the Justice Programs Office at the School of Public Affairs at American University. The campaign is spearheaded by a national consortium of national, state and local justice system stakeholders, policymakers, and community advocates. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the importance of ensuring the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel is meaningfully carried out and that the systemic structures needed are in place to make “Equal Justice Under Law” a reality. The project entails a broad research effort that will include public opinion polling on perceptions of the right to counsel. Building on the results of these polls and other data gathered from traditional and non-traditional sources that will be discussed in this webinar, the campaign will develop action plans with its consortium members to promote the development of effective defense delivery systems that can be put into place in a wide array of settings.
Learn more and register for the webinar at http://www.publicdefenders.us/?q=node/989.
Presented by the National Association of Counties
Individuals who are held in jail before trial have been shown to have worse outcomes, from higher risk of unemployment to greater risk of reoffending. Providing counsel as soon as possible for a person who has been arrested or detained can help ensure that low-risk individuals are not held simply because they cannot afford bail, which saves counties money and mitigates the detrimental effects of detention. Learn how several counties provide counsel at the earliest opportunity and the benefits they have seen from this practice.
Register via this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4525638610307100161