'Public Defender Mitigation' focus of NAPD webinar, August 4

The National Association for Public Defenders (NAPD) will present a webinar on “The Linkage of Intersectionality and Collateral Consequences, and Its Role in Public Defender Mitigation and Criminal Justice Reform” on Thursday, August 4, from noon to 2 p.m.

In the age of criminal justice reform and a need for cultural competence, what is the role of public defender mitigation?  This webinar will seek to develop a working definition of what culturally competent mitigation means to the mission of public defense.  Participants will grapple with the notion of culturally competent mitigation and why cultural competency is imperative to effective public defender work.

Speaking at the webinar will be Donavan Bailey, Capital Mitigation Specialist with the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Advocate.  Bailey previously worked in trial mitigation with the Maricopa County Public Defender and as a dispositional advisor with the Minnesota Public Defender Office for 14 years. As a licensed social worker he has had the privilege of working in the State of Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona. 

Bailey’s work has extended in the community in various ways important to Public Defender work, including being trained as a cultural competency facilitator under Dr. Dietra Hawkins in Atlanta, GA and being governor appointed to the Minnesota Council of African Heritage.  Bailey is currently completing a doctorate in education at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

Cost for the webinar is $25. To register, visit www.publicdefenders.us and click on “events.”