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Thursday, November 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Defender Caucus: Criminalization of Race and Poverty

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The Defender Caucus will feature a series of discussions on the topic of "Criminalization of Race and Poverty," which is the focus of the defender programming at this year’s annual conference. We will hear directly from formerly incarcerated persons, community partners, local defender leaders, and others to learn how race and poverty issues are being tackled in Detroit, Michigan, and nationally. This session will give participants an opportunity to hear about promising practices and share strategies on how to tackle race and poverty inside and outside of the courtroom.


Aaron Salter

Exoneree, Innocence Maintained
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President & CEO, NLADA
April Frazier Camara serves as president & CEO of NLADA. She has been a champion for equal justice for two decades. A graduate of Howard School of Law, she worked as a public defender in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and at the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District... Read More →
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Loren Khogali

Executive Director, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Melanca Clark

President and CEO, Hudson-Webber Foundation
Melanca Clark is president and CEO of Hudson-Webber Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in Detroit. The foundation’s core mission areas are community and economic development, safe and just communities, the built environment, and arts and cul... Read More →
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Chante Parker

Managing Director, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Chantá Parker is the Managing Director of Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit, a public defense organization known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice.
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Jonathan Sacks

Director, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
A career public defender, Jonathan Sacks is the Director of the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO). He previously served as the first Executive Director of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, where his work culminated in Michigan’s first minimum standards for... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Mackinac Ballroom West 5th Floor