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NACDL - 2017 Presidential Summit & Seminar - Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice in Detroit

Time: September 14-15, 2017
Location: Detroit, MI

NACDL's 2017 Presidential Summit & Seminar

Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice

*Topics & Faculty*

  • The History of Race in America - Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director, National ACLU (New York, NY)
  • Subconscious Bias - L. Song Richardson, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Arrest - Jason D. Williamson, Criminal Law Reform Project, National ACLU (New York, NY)
  • Charging Decisions (Policy & Practice) - Angela J. Davis, Professor of Law, American University College of Law (Washington, DC) and Adam Foss, Former Assistant District Attorney at Suffolk County District Attorney's Office (Boston, MA)
  • Voir Dire - Kyana Givens, Assistant Federal Defender (Seattle, WA) and Martin Sabelli, Attorney at Law (San Francisco, CA)
  • Bond (Policy & Practice) - Brandon Buskey, Criminal Law Reform Project, National ACLU (New York, NY) and Colette Tvedt, Attorney at Law (Denver, CO)
  • Litigating Pre-Trial Matters - Alison Siegler, Clinical Law Professor, University of Chicago Law School (Chicago, IL) & Rahsaan D. Hall - Director, Racial Justice Program, Massachusetts ACLU
  • Sentencing (Policy & Practice) - Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC) and Nancy L. McGunn, Federal Defender Office (Detroit, MI)
  • The Intersection of Race & Poverty - Nusrat Choudhury, Racial Justice Program, National ACLU (New York, NY)
  • Collateral Consequences (Policy & Practice) - Amanda David, Assistant Federal Defender, E.D. of New York (New York, NY) and David Singleton, Executive Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Voices of Clients

Race Matters in our criminal justice system. It affects what happens from initial contact with police on the street, to the end of the case and everything in between. As part of being effective advocates for our clients, criminal defense lawyers face the challenge of confronting the difficult issues presented by race in America. This inaugural Presidential Summit is designed to help practitioners identify and confront issues of Racial Bias in our courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even the defense team. Attendees will hear from trial lawyers, academics, and formally incarcerated individuals who will offer their personal perspectives, strategies, and ideas on why Race Matters. Participants will leave with both a greater understanding of the issues and innovative tools to apply this knowledge. This program has been created to intentionally challenge you to push the envelope on your understanding of and willingness to attack racial bias in the criminal justice system.

 *Hotel & Lodging Accommodations*

Greektown Casino-Hotel
555 East Lafayette Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Download Registration Form or register online here

Questions? Contact Director of Events Tamara Kalacevic at or call (202) 872-8600 x641.