ABA Public Defense Summit

2017 Summit Materials

Twelfth Annual Summit on Public Defense Improvement

Miami-Dade College
Wolfson Campus – 300 NE 2nd Avenue
Chapman Conference Center (on 2nd floor)
Miami, Florida

Summit Agenda

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
Click on each session below to download materials.

Video of each session is available on request. Please send request to Malia Brink.
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Speakers: SCLAID Chair Hon. Lora Livingston
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The 50th Anniversary of In re: Gault: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In Gault, the United States Supreme Court recognized the right to counsel in juvenile cases. On Gault’s 50th anniversary, a panel of experts will discuss the decision’s impact, advances in juvenile representation, and where there is need for improvement. Many challenges—including excessive caseloads, insufficient funding, and using juvenile justice as a training ground for public defenders—remain. Juvenile justice is a unique area of public defense, one overlooked far too often.

Speakers: Karen Yazmajian (moderator), Mary Ann Scali, Simmie Baer, Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud


10:00 –10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Access to Counsel for Juveniles

Although juveniles have a constitutional right to counsel, many receive counsel too late in the criminal justice process—others receive no counsel at all. Several states are now combatting this phenomenon, passing legislation that will ensure early access to counsel for juveniles, including stationhouse representation. This panel will explore legislation, litigation, and other efforts to provide early, competent representation.

Elizabeth Clarke, Whitney Untiedt, Eliza Solowiej, Paul Killebrew
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Miranda & Juvenile Justice

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona, providing an opportunity to explore the intersection of Miranda and Gault. Juveniles’ ability to understand Miranda warnings is of special concern. The right to counsel and the right to remain silent mean little if a person does not understand those rights. This panel explores the challenges Miranda poses in the juvenile context, focusing on case law, pending cases, and attempts to clarify Miranda warnings.

Speakers: Justice Cheri Beasley (JDB), Laura Nirider, Tim Curry, Marie Osborne
12:15–12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Address

Speaker: Stephen B. Bright
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Racial Justice & Public Defense

Race is a constant in criminal justice. Policing, pretrial release, charging instruments, and sentencing are all marred by racial injustice. These longstanding problems have now spilled into the popular conscience, finding their way into television, radio, and other media. This panel will explore racial justice, discussing implicit bias, structural racism, and ways chief defenders, line defenders, investigators, and others can combat racial injustice.

Carlos Martinez (moderator), Jeff Adachi, Thomas Harvey, Toussaint Romain
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. How can defenders fight structural racism?

Increasingly, the public and public defenders are aware of racial justice. However, many are at a loss as to how to combat racial bias, including implicit bias and structural racism. Led by expert facilitators, attendees will develop ways the chief defenders and line defenders can address structural racism.

Facilitators: Teresa Enriquez, Amy Campanelli, Jeff Adachi, Nicole Gonzalez VanCleve, Ernie Lewis, Colette Tvedt, Jo-Ann Wallace, April Frazier-Camara, Jason Williamson, Justine Olderman, Sarah Turberville, Derwyn Bunton
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Crook County - Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal CourtNicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Teresa Enriquez (moderator)

Professor Van Cleve spent ten years working in and investigating criminal courtrooms in Cook County, Illinois. The results are detailed in her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court. Focusing on poverty and racial justice, Professor Van Cleve will discuss her observations. Participants will learn how to recognize systemic deficiencies and how to improve criminal justice in America.