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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Webinar: Incorporating Race and Culture into Criminal Cases

Start Date: 2/3/2022 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/3/2022 4:00 PM EST

Organization Name: NAPD

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

Webinar: Incorporating Race and Culture into Criminal Cases

February 3, 2022 2:00pm Eastern (2 hours)

Webinar Faculty: Twyla Carter
About the Webinar:

Twyla Carter's presentation covers the history of slavery and how white supremacy and racism continue to permeate American society, and explains how attorneys can weave race and culture into their litigation work to help tell the client's personal story. The presentation emphasizes building to a better practice – being aware of the race equity aspects of a case, investigating them fully, linking them to legal arguments applicable to various aspects of a case, and persuasively presenting the information to the prosecutor, jurors, and judges. As just one example, the presentation shows how a BIPOC client’s behavior like running from the police may satisfy the objective reasonable person standard if the reasonable person standard is not viewed through a white lens. The presentation discusses how attorneys’ commitment to handling cases this way is an essential component of fighting back against systemic racism and both explicit and implicit bias in the legal system.

About the Faculty:

Twyla Carter is the National Legal and Policy Director at The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. The Bail Project's ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for long-term systemic reforms that make bail assistance unnecessary. Prior to joining The Bail Project, Twyla was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project at the ACLU national office, where she litigated local and state bail inequities and right-to-counsel protections in the federal courts, and designed alternative bail and representation policies and procedures for targeted jurisdictions. Prior to working at the ACLU, Twyla was a public defender for ten years. She was the Misdemeanor Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, where she oversaw all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions of the department. As a Staff Attorney at The Defender Association, Twyla handled felony and misdemeanor trial caseloads, represented juveniles, and appealed misdemeanor convictions. Twyla is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington State and is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. Twyla is a frequent speaker on all aspects of the criminal legal system, including bail and police reform, right-to-counsel issues, and how to incorporate race and culture into criminal and death penalty cases. 

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.
We are able to provide CLE for dozens of recorded sessions from previous training for NAPD members in most states.   These sessions are only $10 per credit hour.   For more details, log in with your NAPD credentials at this link.           

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.           

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 2/3/2022 2:15 PM

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