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2020 Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences Baltimore, Maryland

This year's Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences will be held at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. It will consist of three events: 1) The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Summer Conference; 2) The Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Annual Conference; and 3) The Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Conference. Click here to learn more about the Holistic Defense & Leadership Conferences.

2020 Exemplar Award Dinner Washington, D.C.

Each year at our Exemplar Award Dinner, we honor members of the corporate and private bar and leaders in civil legal aid, public defense and policy. – those people and organizations who reinforce why our work and advocacy are so vital to those who cannot otherwise afford counsel.

2020 Litigation & Advocacy Leaders Conference Charleston, South Carolina

This conference is designed for those who participate in setting the advocacy agenda and leading its implementation, as well as those taking on new leadership roles, in their civil legal aid or civil rights organization. Learn more about the conference here!

2020 Annual Conference Arlington, Virginia

This year's Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Richmond Hwy), in Arlington, Virginia. Learn more about the 2020 Annual Conference!

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Combatting Sexual Harassment In Housing

Join this webinar to learn about: types of legal services available to address sexual harassment in housing; the proper process of identifying and referring the crime; civil rights litigation on behalf of victims; and opportunities for collaboration among the Federal Government and those providing direct legal services for the victims.

Beyond The Adversarial System- Achieving the Challenge Webinar

Traditionally, prosecutors and defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. In order to achieve the SJC goals of system-wide sustainable change, collaboration with all system actors is essential. However, broader criminal justice reform can often be difficult to achieve when dealing with traditionally opposing roles. Therefore, APA and NLADA have drafted a joint publication entitled “Beyond the Adversarial System: Achieving the Challenge,” which stems from our April 2017 joint meeting that brought together SJC prosecutors and defenders from four jurisdictions.

Combatting Human Trafficking Through Collaboration

Join this webinar to learn about: types of legal services survivors of human trafficking need; how to identify when civil or criminal clients may be victims of trafficking; successful models for collaborating with law enforcement while maintaining a victim-centered approach; and opportunities for working with the Civil Rights Division to fight against human trafficking.

Partnerships in Federal Funding: Case Studies in Defender/Civil Program Collaboration

This webinar is part of a 5-part series and will showcase successful Defender/Civil program partnerships that are supported with Federal funds.