2019 American Council of Chief Defenders

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Sunday, September 08, 2019 3:00 pm to Monday, September 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Sheraton Memphis Hotel 250 North Main Memphis, TN 38103
American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Conference


The American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) Conference will convene a national community of public defense leaders dedicated to securing a fair justice system and ensuring high quality legal representation for people facing loss of life, freedom, or family. This conference is open to chiefs and deputy chiefs of diverse indigent defense programs, including public defender offices, assigned counsel systems, and contract systems. CLE will be provided.

The conference will be held in Memphis, Sunday, September 8th (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) through Monday, September 9th (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).


Strengthening the Sixth Amendment:

How to Increase Resources for Public Defense

To Register, Click Here.


Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel

250 North Main Street

Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: 901-527-7300


A special sleeping room rate of $121 (exclusive of plus applicable taxes of 17.75% state and local tax) single/double occupancy has been arranged for all conference attendees during September 5-8.  The deadline to reserve your room block is Friday August 16, 2019 by 11:59 pm CT.

Click to book your group rate reservation ONLINE at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel


September 8-9, 2019

Day One Agenda

Sunday, September 8, 2019

 ACCD Chair Welcome                                                         3:00 pm – 3:05 pm

        Presented by Stan German

  1. How to Increase Diversity in Public Defender Offices     3:05 pm – 4:00pm 

         Presented by Nena Carter on behalf of BPDA

This presentation will discuss why diversity and inclusion is important to public defender offices and offer strategies on how chief defenders can diversify and strengthen their workforce and advocacy for the clients they serve. 

  1. ACCD Committee                                                                 4:00pm – 4:30pm

·       National Voice

·       Standards and Best Practices

·       System Development

  1. ACCD Pre-trial Taskforce                                                    4:30 pm – 6:00 pm                                                                                                                         Review Findings from June Meeting & Define Next Steps
  2. ACCD Member Reception                                                   6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Day Two Agenda

Monday, September 9, 2019

  1. ACCD Member Updates                                                      9:00 am  -10:00 am

        (Victories, Challenges, Comments)

  1. How to Make the Case for Public Defense                        10:00 am- 11:00 am

         Presented by Stan German

 This presentation will discuss how chief public defenders can effectively advocate for resources to support the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel.  It will highlight and discuss effective strategies used by public defenders to increase resources.

     3. Break                                                                                      11:00 am – 11:30 am

  1. Strengthening the Sixth Amendment                                  11:30 am- 12:00 pm

         By Rosalie Joy

  1. Working Lunch                                                                                      12:00 pm – 12:30 pm


  1. Sharing Proven & Effective Strategies                                 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    1. Holistic Defense
    2. Advocacy & Community Engagement
    3. Chief Judges
    4. Litigation

The session will focus on the leadership and advocacy skills used by chief defenders to increase public defense funding.  We will hear from chiefs who have used different approaches to increase funding. 

  1. Connecting Public Defense to System-Wide Reform            2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This strategy session will provide leadership tools and worksheets for chief defenders to utilize to assist them in developing strategies to demonstrate how public defense funding results in system-wide reforms.

  1. Announcements and Close                                                        2:45 pm -3:00 pm
    1. NLADA Annual Conference/ACCD Meeting (Nov 2019)
    2. Appellate Defender Training (January 2020)  


To Register, Click Here.