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The Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal cordially invites you to a symposium on Friday, November 6, 2015 entitled: “21st Century Civil Rights: Community Empowerment Police Reform.” This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity for legal practitioners, community members, academics, and law students to examine past and current attempts at addressing police misconduct, to discuss current and past challenges and successes of identified solutions, and to determine the most promising avenues for securing police accountability measures. Panel topics will focus on topics such as grand juries and community prosecution, body cameras and other evidentiary issues, including asset forfeiture, and citizen oversight of law enforcement with keynote remarks by Alameda County Public Defender, Brendon Woods. Dialogue will center on the historical and present day struggles in the fight for criminal justice and policing reform, and will consider the role of the legal field in empowering diverse communities in this incredibly urgent 21st century civil rights movement. We hope you will join us for our annual symposium! Please see below for more details:
9:00a-9:30a: Breakfast & Registration
9:30a: Welcome Remarks
Allyssa Villanueva, Symposium Editor
Frank H. Wu, Dean & Chancellor of UC Hastings
9:40a: Opening Speaker
Monica Ramirez, Special Assistant Attorney General with the CA Dept. of Justice
10:00-11:30am: Panel 1: Grand Juries in Prosecuting Officers
Sharon Meadows, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal, Racial, and Juvenile Justice Clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law
Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
Joshua Hill, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Kate Bloch
11:30am: Special Remarks
Cephus Johnson, Love Not Blood Campaign
12:00pm: Keynote Address
Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender
1:15pm – 2:30pm: Panel 2: Police Body Cameras - Evidentiary Issues & Implementation Policies
Jacque Wilson, Deputy San Francisco Public Defender
Sean Whent, City of Oakland Chief of Police
Seth Morris, Deputy Alameda County Public Defender
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Hadar Aviram
2:45pm-4:00pm: Panel 3: Formulating Effective Citizens’ Police Oversight
Anthony Finnell, Executive Director of the Oakland Citizens’ Police Review Board
John Crew, Former ACLU Police Practices Expert
Brian Buchner, President of the National Association for Community Oversight of Law Enforcement
Ines Vargas Fraenkel, San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints
Moderated by UC Hastings Professor Aaron Rappaport
4:00pm Closing Remarks
For Biographies of our speakers, please click here: Speakers' Biographies
Keynote Speaker: Brendon Woods, Alameda Public Defender
While at USF, Woods interned at the State Public Defenders Office and the San Francisco Superior Court’s Criminal Division. Upon graduation from USF in 1996, Woods worked as a post-bar clerk in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office until he was hired as an Associate Deputy Public Defender in 1998. Throughout his nineteen year career with the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Woods has represented thousands of individuals accused of every possible crime. He started out handling low level misdemeanors and eventually worked his way up to serious and violent felonies. To date, he has represented three clients facing the death penalty, none of whom received a death verdict.
In September 2009, he was selected to be on the Alameda County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, which evaluates and recommends judicial candidates to the governor. That same month he was appointed by former California Chief Justice Ronald George to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Criminal Law Advisory Committee, a committee that makes recommendations for improving the administration of justice in criminal proceedings by reviewing issues in court administration, proposing changes to rules of court, and reviewing and recommending legislation.
Woods has served as a Senior Assistant Public Defender; Felony Trial Staff Supervisor; Fremont Branch Supervisor; and Recruitment, Hiring and Diversity Officer for his office. On December 17, 2012, he was unanimously appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as the Public Defender for Alameda County. As the Public Defender, he directs 103 attorneys, 18 field investigators and numerous support staff, operating out of five branches throughout the County, to provide legal defense in more than 3,300 new cases every month.
Mr. Woods knew since the first day of law school that he wanted to be a public defender in order to serve indigent clients – to provide them with zealous and effective advocacy in the face of terrible charges, to treat them with humanity and respect, and to show them that someone cares about them and is willing to fight for them no matter what the odds. Now, as the Public Defender of Alameda County, his client-centered practice gives a voice to the voiceless, ensures that no one faces the government alone, and protects the wrongfully accused, the homeless, the poor, the unfortunate and the neglected. In doing so, he also protects the constitutional rights of everyone in his community.