Symposium–The Roles of Prosecutor and Public Defender in Criminal Justice Reform

“The Roles of Prosecutor and Public Defender in Criminal Justice Reform”

A virtual symposium presented by the North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED) in collaboration with the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts is presented on October 2 from 10am to 3pm. Register now!

Keynote address:

Jonathan Rapping, Founder and President, Gideon’s Promise, Atlanta

Panel Discussion (national):

John Chisholm, District Attorney, Milwaukee

Keir Bradford-Gray, Public Defender, Philadelphia

Angela J. Davis, Professor, American University School of Law

Kimberly Foxx, District Attorney, Chicago

Moderator: Judge Nancy Gertner, US District Court Judge for Massachusetts (retired) and Professor, Harvard Law School

Panel Discussion (North Carolina):

Avery Crump, District Attorney, Guilford County

Yolanda Fair, Assistant Public Defender, Buncombe County

Spencer Merriweather, District Attorney, Mecklenburg County

Kristie Puckett-Williams, Statewide Campaign for Smart Justice Manager, ACLU of North Carolina

Kevin Tully, Public Defender, Mecklenburg County

Moderator: Judge Ashleigh Dunston, Wake County District Court

Research and Data:

Brandon Garrett, Professor, Duke University Law School

Satana Deberry, District Attorney, Durham County

Moderator: Thomas Maher, Executive Director, Center for Science and Justice, Duke University Law School

Restorative Justice:

Elizabeth Hambourger, Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation

Erica Washington,  Senior Program Associate, Restorative Justice Project @ Impact Justice

Moderator: Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director, Community Success Initiative

Register in advance:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the symposium.