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Friday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Calling All Advocates: What To Do about Court-Ordered Debt

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Nearly two centuries ago, the U.S. ended the use of debtors’ prisons, yet today countless Americans are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford to pay court-ordered fines and fees. Thanks to renewed focus on these practices in recent years, civil and defender advocates, judges, and researchers across the country have been leading efforts to change or end these practices that burden underserved and marginalized Americans, and sometimes result in the loss of liberty for our clients. This panel discussion will take an in-depth look at successful reform efforts across the country, which can be replicated in your jurisdiction, from a diverse array of subject-matter experts.


Alex Kornya

Litigation Director / General Counsel, Iowa Legal Aid

Mary Pattillo

Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University
Mary Pattillo is the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her pathbreaking work uses Chicago as a laboratory to explore the entanglements of racial, ethnic, and class inequities as these intersect with urban space and gentrification... Read More →

Larry D. Williams, Jr.

Judge, 36th District Court
Judge Larry D. Williams, Jr. has served the 36th District Court since 2016. He is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School and currently presides over the Traffic/Criminal docket. He was an assistant prosecutor for Wayne County from 2004... Read More →

Brandy Robinson

Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit
Brandy Robinson is a supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit (NDS). Before joining NDS, she worked as a deputy defender at the Federal Defender Office, where she represented indigent clients at all stages of the criminal process. She appeared regularly... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Nicolet B 5th Floor