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Thursday, November 7 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
The Parity Project: How to Advance Advocacy on the Principle of Equal Pay for Prosecution and Defense

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Low salaries among public defenders remain a challenge in recruiting and retaining talented attorneys long-term, and the fight for equal pay is a central issue in many jurisdictions. Many defender offices have not been able to overcome the pay disparities among defenders and prosecutors and/or local government attorneys. The Legal Aid Society of New York recently launched and won a successful campaign for pay parity, and they used various strategies and community engagement to win this fight. This session on the “The Parity Project” will help public defenders learn how to advocate for equal pay for prosecution and defense and discuss how they can align these issues with community engagement.

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Premal Dharia

Executive Director, Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School
Premal Dharia is the Executive Director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School. She has spent the last twenty years dedicated to challenging injustice in the criminal system. Ms. Dharia spent nearly 15 years as a public defender in three different places... Read More →

Janet Sabel

Attorney-in-Chief/Chief Executive Officer, The Legal Aid Society of New York
Janet Sabel is attorney in chief at Legal Aid Society and is a former chief deputy at the NYS Office of the Attorney General. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before working as a chief deputy in the... Read More →

Jared Trujillo

President, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, The Legal Aid Society of New York
Jared Trujillo is a defense attorney, activist, and strategic radical. He is president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys (UAW 2325). Previously, he was a member of the steering community and a board member of New York State Defender Association and Lambda Independent Demo... Read More →
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Curtis Watkins

Defender Association of Philadelphia, Chief, Adult Social Services
Curt Watkins is the chief of Adult Social Services at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. With 24 years of experience and accomplishments in social services, Curt developed a broad range of innovative and award-winning programs in criminal defense in Montgomery County (PA) and... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Richard A 5th Floor