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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Racial Justice Conference Montgomery 2023

Start Date: 10/30/2023 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 11/2/2023 12:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel

201 Tallapoosa Street
Montgomery, AL  United States  36104

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

Please see this guide if registering under your NAPD membership or with a group from your office. 

NAPD Racial Justice Conference
Oct 30-Nov 2, 2023 (starts at noon on Oct 30, ends at 12:30 on Nov 2)

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, Montgomery, AL
Registration Deadline - Oct 16 at 5:00 pm Eastern

Scholarships available, apply here by August 15

Conference Location:
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel - $98 per night plus taxes 
201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104

Conference Members Pricing: 
Early bird until June 26: $425
June 27 -Oct 1: $525
October 2-16: $600

Conference Non - Members Pricing: 
Early bird until June 26: $525
June 27 -Oct 1: $600
October 2-16: $650

"Everyone in Public Defense should come to this conference once in their career!"

NAPD Racial Justice Conference

Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2023

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, Montgomery, AL

Early Bird Deadline - June 26th
See the Current Schedule

"This conference was life changing!"

Join us for the fourth annual Racial Justice Conference, as we return to Montgomery, Alabama, one of the historic homes of the Civil Rights Movement. The National Association for Public Defense is proud to host this immersive and transformative conference, designed to enhance your understanding of racial justice and your ability to fight for it in your work as a public defender.

"Thank you. I'll be back and I'll bring my co-workers with me."

The event will take place October 30 - November 2, 2023, in Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama is filled with a rich history of civil rights. The conference includes a visit to both the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice on November 1st.  

"The visits to the museum & memorial were some of the most transformative experiences I've ever had!"

The Legacy Museum is located on the site of a former warehouse where Black people were forced to labor. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-ki?nd opportunity to investigate America's history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is home to more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.

"Devastating, poetic, powerful, important: go see this production of 'American Son'. I just did. I will be thinking about it for decades."

Featuring a special performance of American Son


American Son is a play that needs to be seen. - It is a topical and poignant drama in which a bi-racial couple (a black woman, and her estranged white husband) must confront their own feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by local police following a traffic stop. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.

"See this show! This is one of the most important
and downright heartbreaking experiences I’ve had in the theatre"

Through a range of educational opportunities you will gain the tools and insights needed to be a more effective advocate for racial justice in your work as a public defender. You will also have the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country who share your commitment to advancing the cause of justice for all.


Kristin Henning

Kristin Henning

The Rage of Innocence


Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson

The Who We Are Project


Stephen Bright

Stephen Bright

The Fear of Too Much Justice


Photos by Patrick Mitchell.

To see dozens of photos from last year's conference click here.

Book your group rate for National Association for Public Defense Racial Justice Conference
  • Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center for 98 USD per night
Last Day to Book: Friday, October 6, 2023

NAPD Cancellation Policy
All registration cancellations must be submitted in writing to accounting@publicdefenders.us at least 30 days prior to the first day of the event. Refunds will be processed via the original payment method, minus a $50 administrative fee, after the event. In lieu of a refund, an organization may transfer the registration to another attendee at no additional cost. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 30 days in advance. If NAPD is able to fill the spot with an attendee on the waitlist, a refund will be issued.

NAPD doesn't apply for CLE or track attendance to provide certifications for our live webinars, conferences and online courses. This helps us keep the price as low as possible and avoids the disruption of the flow of the training required by many states to verify attendance.

By registering for this training, I am affirming that today I am neither a prosecutor, nor attending this training  with the purpose of aiding the prosecution of any criminally accused.   I further affirm that I  am dedicated to the ideals of the criminal defense practitioner, and am committed to the causes of effective and zealous defense of those charged with crimes, the protection and assertion of constitutional rights afforded the criminally accused, and the recognition and preservation of human dignity of those charged with crimes.  I further affirm that my use of the information provided by this training  will not be used by me in any manner which would impugn the above set out ideals.