Black Public Defender Association

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The Black Public Defender Association aims to improve the quality of defense provided to low-income communities across the United States by creating and maintaining a national network of skilled Black public defenders that identify with and are committed to the populations they serve.

Our programming includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Training and professional support for Black attorneys and advocates to secure employment and advance in leadership at public defender offices;   
  2. Pipeline programming designed to promote awareness of, cultivate early interest in, and ensure access to the public defense profession for Black students;
  3. Continuing Legal Education and workshops designed to assist defenders in providing more culturally competent, client-centered representation; and  
  4. Community forums to promote dialogue and organizing around law-related issues that disproportionately affect Black communities.

While BPDA is focused and committed to addressing issues facing the black community, we are also committed to partnering with related social and racial justice organizations to fight for the liberation of all.

BPDA Leadership

Please contact April Frazier Camara ([email protected]) if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a member.

Read our announcement here.