2009 Justice Summit

May 6, 2009

The NLGSF is cosponsoring the 2009 Justice Summit: Defending the Public and the Constitution.

Wednesday, May 6
10 AM - 2:30 PM (9:30 AM Registration)
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street
Lower level, enter at 30 Grove Street

Public defenders and defense attorneys protect our constitutional rights, ensure fair treatment of the poor under the law, and expose government misconduct and injustice. Defenders also provide crucial services by addressing clients' underlying challenges such as drug dependency, mental health and access to employment. All of our clients are poor; many are people of color, youth and immigrants. Due to the economic downturn, more must rely on public defenders for help. Recent budget cuts threaten to undermine defenders' duty to provide representation. Please join us on May 6 to find out how you can help support the constitutional right to public defense.

10:00am: Welcome, Introduction, Keynote: Representing Communities of Color
10:20am: Panel 1: Defending the Public and the Constitution
Noon: Free lunch - registration required
1:15pm: Panel 2: Defenders Serving the Community
LaDoris Cordell, Former Superior Court Judge
Ted Cassman, President, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Bart Sheela, President, California Public Defenders Association
Barbara Babcock, Professor, Stanford Law School
Richard Goemann, Director, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Cookie Ridol, Director, Northern California Innocence Project
Kimberly Thomas-Rapp, Director of Law and Policy, Equal Justice Society
Barry Krisberg, Director, National Council on Crime & Delinquency
Michael Laurence, Director, Habeas Corpus Resource Center
Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
Christine Voss, Senior Public Defender, Riverside County
Michael Judge, Chief Public Defender of Los Angeles
Melanca Clark, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law

This is a free event, but seating is limited.
To register, visit www.sfpublicdefender.org or call (415) 575-4390.