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Thursday, March 16, 2023

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March 16, 2023, 3:30-7:00 p.m., National Press Club, Washington DC

On March 16, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) hosted “[email protected],” a national convening of public defenders, civil legal aid providers, community advocates, and government and private sector representatives commemorating the 60th anniversary of the landmark decision Gideon v. Wainwright.    

 

     

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The event featured remarks from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland; Rachel Rossi, Director, Office for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and a video message from U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.).  

We also heard from Stan Germán, Executive Director, New York County Defender Services and NLADA Board Chair; Lisa Monet Wayne, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Keeda Haynes, Board of Directors, National Association for Public Defense.  

[email protected] presented two conversations between public defenders, community advocates, and government and private sector representatives.   

Panel 1: The Unmet Promise of the Right to Counsel  

  • Regina Kelly, Client Services Coordinator, Lone Star Legal Aid  
  • Stan Germán, Executive Director, New York County Defender Services  
  • Heather Pinckney, Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia   

Panel 2: Public Defenders, Partners, and Policy Change  

  • Neera Chatterjee, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Bancorp  
  • Ronald Simpson-Bey, Executive Vice President, JustLeadershipUSA  
  • Bhavan K. Sodhi, Chief Program Officer, Innocence Project  
  • Kelli Thompson, Wisconsin State Public Defender   

The convening was supported by Arnold Ventures, MacArthur Foundation, and Vital Projects. 

In addition, NLADA President & CEO April Frazier Camara, National Association of Public Defenders (NAPD) Executive Director Lori James-Townes and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Lisa Monet Wayne wrote a joint opinion piece in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright which was published by USA Today: 'Right to an attorney' only goes so far. Our war on crime leaves injustice in its wake. (March 17, 2023)   

Other coverage as a result of [email protected] included: 

Agenda:
Opening Remarks from April Frazier Camara, President & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association; Lisa Monet Wayne, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Criminal Defense Attorney; and Keeda Haynes, Board of Directors, National Association for Public Defense and Criminal Defense Attorney. 

Remarks from Merrick B. Garland, Attorney General of the United States

Panel 1: The Unmet Promise of the Right to Counsel 

  • Regina Kelly, Client Services Coordinator, Lone Star Legal Aid 

  • Stan Germán, Executive Director, New York County Defender Services 

  • Heather Pinckney, Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia 

Video message from U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici

Panel 2: Public Defenders, Partners, and Policy Change

  • James Chosy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Bancorp 

  • Ronald Simpson-Bey, Executive Vice President, JustLeadershipUSA 

  • Bhavan K. Sodhi,  Chief Program Officer, Innocence Project 

  • Kelli Thompson, Wisconsin State Public Defender  

 

 

The convening is supported by: