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Thursday, December 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Defender Caucus: Pre-Trial Justice: A Discussion about Bail Reform, Risk Assessments, and Race

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Bail reform and pre-trial justice is one of the hottest topics in the defender community. Racial justice is intimately related to these topics because cash bail disproportionally affects poor and minority communities. Many jurisdictions are working on these issues and employing different strategies, and we will hear about what is working and what is not. Our panel will include experts from the defender, formerly incarcerated and directly affected, and civil rights communities.


Cherise Fanno Burdeen

Co-Leader, Pretrial Justice Institute
Cherise Fanno Burdeen is co-leader of the Pretrial Justice Institute, an organization fighting for pretrial justice for more than 40 years. Cherise's career spans more than 20 years in the field of justice, where she's led PJI and its clients and partners in the fight to end cash... Read More →

Eddie Ellis

ICAN Coordinator, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Eddie, a native Washingtonian, was arrested and charged with murder at the age of 16 — he was later found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 22 years in prison. He served 15 years and finished the rest of his time on parole. Eddie came home in 2006, and since that time he has... Read More →
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Stan Germán

Executive Director, New York County Defender Services
Stan Germán has spent his entire career as a criminal defense attorney. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. Upon graduation, Mr. Germán went to work as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City in Kings County. Thereafter, he worked... Read More →

Elizabeth Rossi

Attorney, Civil Rights Corps
Elizabeth Rossi is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where she was a Dean's Public Interest Scholar, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She received her Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a law clerk to Judge... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Renaissance Ballroom A Ballroom Level