Community Forums on Public Defense


SAVE THE DATE!! Celebrate Law Day, May 1, 2009!
Community Forums on Public Defense

Friday, May 1, 2009. Cobo Center, Room TBA.
1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
RSVP by April 24 to: (313) 310-5666 or

The U.S. Constitution says you have the right to an attorney if you are accused of a crime, even if you cannot afford one. Effective defense representation is fundamental to a working justice system. But in Michigan, the system of public defense is failing.

10:00am. “Justice Undelivered: Michigan’s Failing Public Defense System”

Featured Panelists:

  • Walter Swift – Southfield Resident and Recent Exoneree
  • Regina Daniels Thomas – Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Group, Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • Laura Sager – Director of the Campaign for Justice

1:00pm. “Opportunity in Crisis: Community Oriented Defense”
**With lunch provided!!**

Featured Speaker:

  • Ron Sullivan – Director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and former Director of the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia
  • Moderated by Laura Sager, Director of the Campaign for Justice

Presented by the Campaign for Justice, Detroit Branch NAACP, Wolverine Bar Association, and Freedom Weekend.


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