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The Roles of Prosecutor and Public Defender in Criminal Justice Reform

October 2, 2020 @ 10:00 AM 3:00 PM EDT

A virtual symposium presented by the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED) in collaboration with the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

Keynote Address

Jonathan Rapping, Founder and President, Gideon’s Promise, Atlanta

Panel Discussion (national):

  • John Chisholm, District Attorney, Milwaukee
  • Keir Bradford-Gray, Public Defender, Philadelphia
  • Angela J. Davis, Professor, American University School of Law
  • Kimberly Foxx, District Attorney, Chicago
  • Moderator: Judge Nancy Gertner, US District Court Judge for Massachusetts (retired) and Professor, Harvard Law School

Panel Discussion (North Carolina):

  • Avery Crump, District Attorney, Guilford County
  • Yolanda Fair, Assistant Public Defender, Buncombe County
  • Spencer Merriweather, District Attorney, Mecklenburg County
  • Kristie Puckett-Williams, Statewide Campaign for Smart Justice Manager, ACLU of North Carolina
  • Kevin Tully, Public Defender, Mecklenburg County
  • Moderator: Judge Ashleigh Dunston, Wake County District Court

Research and Data:

  • Brandon Garrett, Professor, Duke University Law School
  • Satana Deberry, District Attorney, Durham County
  • Moderator: Thomas Maher, Executive Director, Center for Science and Justice, Duke University Law School

Restorative Justice:

  • Elizabeth Hambourger, Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
  • Erica Washington, Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project @ Impact Justice
  • Moderator: Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative


October 2, 2020
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT


National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts