The complete list of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. The complete schedule with panel times will be published in September.
Our keynote speaker for the conference will be James King, an attorney with the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. As an undergraduate, King played Division I football for Central Michigan University and was drafted to the Cleveland Browns. But before his career as an NFL player could begin, he was falsely accused of second-degree murder. This harrowing ordeal motivated him to enter law school, and he will be sharing experiences from his life and career.
Economic Solidarity: The Solidarity Economy describes a system where people seek to maximize social welfare over individual profit. In this panel, lawyers, academics, and organizers will explore alternative economic systems and the role of community organizing in putting people over profit.
Radical Defenses Against the Prison-Industrial Complex: How can advocates and activists use their abilities to resist the criminal justice system in the 21st century? This panel will feature speakers who engage with the prison-industrial complex at various points: police encounters, the trial phase, incarceration, and reentry.
Immigration and Border Militarization: This panel will feature lawyers and activists who work closely with immigrant communities and can use their experiences to examine strategies for deportation defense and grassroots organizing efforts.
Healthcare Access for Vulnerable Populations: This panel will bring together lawyers, organizers, and community leaders whose work expands healthcare access for those most marginalized in mainstream conversations around health.
We will also have workshops on Implicit Bias and Restorative Justice.