November 06, 2018

ABA to hold Homeless Court Summit on Nov. 13 in San Diego

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2018 — The American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty will convene a Homeless Court Summit on Nov. 13 in San Diego.

Homeless courts enable homeless individuals who are actively engaged in an organized program to address their outstanding legal issues by participating in a court session at a homeless service agency, where the goal is treatment and participation in program activities in exchange for dismissing misdemeanor charges. The first homeless court was established in 1989 in San Diego.

The California Administrative Office of the Courts/Judicial Council is a partner in the summit.

Homeless Court Summit

University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, Calif. 92110

Tuesday, Nov. 13
9:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. PST

At 9:15 a.m., San Diego public defender Steve Binder, co-founder of homeless courts, will discuss the state of homeless courts and collaborative justice. Among the topics that panels will discuss are updates from homeless courts across the country, reports from the frontlines, the importance of storytelling and data collection, and charting a course for the future.


After the summit, there is an opportunity to observe a hearing of the Homeless Court Program at Father Joe’s Village on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 14.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or

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