Start Date: 2/15/2022 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/15/2022 3:00 PM EST
Webinar: Why Black Women Are Mad
February 15, 2022, 2:00 pm EST (60 minutes)
Webinar Faculty: Heather Pinckney, Lisa Wayne, Callie Steele Glanton, Cynthia Roseberry
About the Webinar:
This will be a discussion of facts and history of events that correlate to the perception about WHY BLACK WOMEN ARE MAD. The discussion will also add in how the things that anger Black women also lead to opportunites to Position oneself as being unapologetically Black and allowing one to advance equity while being assertive, and professional agents of Race, Culture Change and Movement Lawyering.
The goal is also that a shared understanding of the underlined "anger" that Black women have can allow real learning opportunities to challenge a culture shift and change in the power dynamics in public defense agencies.
About the Faculty:
Heather Pinckney - Heather Pinckney is currently a partner at Harden and Pinckney, PLLC. Located in the Penn Quarter area of Washington. D.C., Harden and Pinckney, PLLC is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of criminal defense litigation, civil litigation, contract and family law. The firm practices in D.C. Superior and D.C. Federal Court. She was the Co-chair of the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section Steering Committee for 3 years. Before entering into private practice, Ms. Pinckney served as the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (hereinafter PDS) – widely recognized as the premier public defender office in the country. As Deputy Trial Chief, Ms. Pinckney assisted in the management and day to day operations of the trial division and supervised over 60 attorneys litigating criminal cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Prior to becoming Deputy Trial Chief, Ms. Pinckney served for eight years as a staff attorney at PDS. She also served for four years as the Chair of the D.C. Public Defender Service Hiring Committee. During her tenure, Ms. Pinckney represented juvenile and adult indigent clients on criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to homicides before both, the D.C Superior Court and the United States Parole Commission. Her representations have included individuals charged with homicide, sex offenses, arson, firearm violations, and obstruction of justice. She has tried numerous jury trials to verdict and has represented individuals at every stage of criminal litigation, including pre-indictment, grand jury, trial and post-conviction. Prior to beginning at PDS, she worked for the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. She also worked for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and TransAfrica. She served as chair of the 2005 PDS Criminal Practice Institute Conference, acted as faculty for numerous PDS Summer Series Training Sessions and was an active member of the PDS Forensic Practice Group, which dealt with areas involving blood spatter and DNA. Ms. Pinckney teaches litigation skills at Trial Skills Programs all around the country, including the states of Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin. She has also served as a guest lecturer at Howard University School of Law, American University School of Law, George Washington University School of law, The David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC) and the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. She currently serves as a faculty member for Gideon’s Promise and the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinical Program and JusticeAid. Ms. Pinckney is the proud recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from D.C. Law Students in Court, in recognition of her commitment to pro bono criminal defense work on behalf of indigent clients. In 2017, 2018 and 2020 she and her business partner were each named one of Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense by the Washingtonian Magazine. In 2019, she was inducted as a fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers and received the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation Award for Women Entrepreneurs in the Law. In 2017, she became a founding member of the Black Public Defender Association and currently serves as their Director of Skills Training. She is a native Washingtonian and received her B.A. from Marymount University and her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law. Ms. Pinckney currently is an adjunct Professor at The George Washington University School of Law where she teaches a class entitled “The Role of the Public Defender”. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in both local and federal court.
Cynthia Roseberry: At the national ACLU, Ms. Roseberry works to reform the criminal justice system. Focusing on issues like policing, bail reform, clemency, the death penalty, and other criminal justice related matters her work supports ACLU affiliates across the nation. During the Obama administration, she served as project manager of the historic Clemency Project 2014. Often referred to as the nation’s largest law firm of nearly 4,000 lawyers, it provided pro bono support to more than 36,000 applicants for presidential clemency.
Ms. Roseberry also served on the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a nine-member, bipartisan, Congressional blue-ribbon panel charged with examining the federal corrections system, including overcrowding, prison violence, public safety measures, prison rehabilitation and employment programs, and re-entry programs and policies to reduce recidivism. The task force released its groundbreaking report Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives: Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections in January of 2016. Previously, Ms. Roseberry was the executive director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. She has taught advanced criminal procedure and co-taught in the death penalty clinic at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, where she also founded the misdemeanor clinic. For more than 10 years prior to teaching, she practiced federal and state criminal defense in Georgia. A founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project, she was the first African-American female president of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She received the 2016 COS Humanitarian Award, the 2017 annual service award from the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the 2017 Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Roseberry earned her Bachelor of Science from Wilberforce University in Ohio. She earned her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. A national and international speaker, Ms. Roseberry has presented in nearly every U.S. state in Europe and the former Soviet Union and to a delegation of judges from China. Her TEDx talk, My Father, My Hero, delivered from inside a prison, has been critically acclaimed. See her TEDx talk at http://bit.ly/myfather-myhero.
Callie Glanton Steele - Callie Glanton Steele is an experienced federal trial attorney with over 28 years of experience. As the Senior Litigator for the Federal Public Defender's Office in the Central District of California, she is primarily responsible for complex cases, including potential federal capital trials. She also has experience as a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender, and a trial attorney. She has written and argued multiple appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Steele regularly teaches panel attorneys, LLM students, and federal public defenders at seminars across the United States. She also teaches Trial Advocacy at Loyola Law School.
Lisa Wayne - Lisa Monet Wayne is an attorney in private practice in both state and federal courts around the country. She is also "Of Counsel" to Gerash and Steiner P.C. She represents individuals and corporations in both the investigation phase and criminally accused capacity. Previously, Wayne was a Colorado State Public Defender for 13 years where she served as office head, training director, and senior trial attorney. She lectures nationally with NACDL, National Criminal Defense College, National Institute of Trial Advocates, American Bar Association, and other legal organizations. Wayne is currently an adjunct law professor at the University of Colorado where she teaches trial advocacy, and she serves on faculty at the Trial Practice Institute at Harvard Law School, The National Criminal Defense College, and Cardoza Law School. Ms. Wayne is an advocate in all venues of the media addressing important issues confronting the criminally accused. She is a legal analyst for numerous media outlets including, ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fox regarding high profile cases around the country. She is frequently quoted in print media such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, and the AP wire. Ms. Wayne testified before the United States Sentencing Commission in 2012 against the implementation of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines as mandatory. In 2005, Wayne was honored with the Robert J. Heeney Award, NACDL's most prestigious recognition. Wayne is the Past President of NACDL, a member of the Foundation of Criminal Justice, and serves on numerous committees around criminal justice issues.
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