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Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Non-Adversarial Role of Public Defenders and Prosecutors: Lessons Learned on How to Advance Criminal Justice Reform through Collaboration

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Defenders and prosecutors involved in criminal justice reform support the goals of decreasing unnecessary criminal justice involvement and reducing racial and ethnic disparities within the law enforcement system. The ultimate objective is to promote justice and create safer communities, which is paramount to ensure a more just and fair U.S. criminal legal system. Through the Safety and Justice Challenge, prosecutors and defenders have worked on reforms and faced a few challenges along the way. This session will discuss how to engage in successful collaborations between prosecutors and defenders while respecting the traditional adversarial roles.


John Chisholm

District Attorney, Milwaukee County
John Chisholm was born in Milwaukee and raised in suburban Waukesha County. He graduated from Marquette University High School in 1981 and attended St. John's University before graduating from Marquette University in 1986. Chisholm was commissioned in the United States Army in 19... Read More →

Thomas Reed

First Assistant State Public Defender, Wisconsin State Public Defender
Thomas H. Reed is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Cornell Law School. He has been a member of the Milwaukee Trial Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender since 1982, where he has handled a wide range of criminal cases. He has served as the regional attorney manager... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Nicolet A 5th Floor