New Approaches to Justice-a Conversation with AAJ Allied Organizations

When:  Oct 4, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)

New Approaches to Justice-a Conversation with AAJ Allied Organizations

AIA Continuing Education Units: 1.0 LU

As a pre-session to the 2021 conference, join AAJ, Council on Criminal Justice, Center for Court Innovation, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Center for State Court as we discuss how we have collectively been working to shape new approaches to justice through the introduction of community and therapeutic courts, restorative and trauma informed practices, peacemaking centers, opportunities for diversion, deflection and other community-based alternatives to incarceration that support healing and recovery. Together these initiatives are fundamental steps towards establishing a fairer and more equitable justice system for all. While there remains much to be done, new building typologies are emerging to support this needed change.

Program Learning Objectives:
● Understanding of evidence-based research of organizations focused on implementing community-positive changes to the criminal justice system
● Impact on design when in collaboration with organizations representing numerous stakeholders in the private and public sector to include Federal, State, County and Municipal facilities
● How changes in legislation can affect spaces provided for justice facilities
● Continuing evolvement of approaches to criminal justice – i.e. Sequential Intercept Model – and how this impacts design

Khalil Cumberbatch – Council on Criminal Justice, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Cumberbatch is a nationally recognized formerly incarcerated advocate for criminal justice and deportation policy reform. Previously, he served as Chief Strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice and as Associate Vice President of Policy at Fortune Society. Pardoned by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014, Cumberbatch earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from CUNY Lehman College, where he was awarded the Urban Justice Award for his work with underserved and marginalized communities. Cumberbatch is also a lecturer at Columbia University.

Sherene Crawford – Center for Court Innovation, Administration
Sherene Crawford is the project director at Midtown Community Court where she responsible for overseeing the court’s long-range planning and day-to-day operations. In this role, Sherene leads an interdisciplinary team of staff members who assess and link defendants with services, monitor compliance, oversee community restitution and early diversion projects, provide on-site social services and collaborate with government and community stakeholders to promote principles of procedural justice and community engagement. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Sherene worked for the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as Deputy Director for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution and as a Senior Policy Advisor. She also previously served as Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Sherene received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed attorney in New York State.

Bonnie Hoffman – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Sr. Director of Public Defense
Bonnie Hoffman serves as NACDL’s Sr. Director of Public Defense where she focuses on addressing the needs of public defense systems, the attorneys who provide public defense representation, and the clients they serve. Overseeing NACDL’s commitment to public defense, Bonnie assists full-time public defenders, private assigned counsel, and contract counsel by developing and delivering training programs and materials, as well as working with local, state and national leaders to address reforms in our nation’s public defense delivery systems. She has served in this position since 2017. Prior to joining NACDL, Bonnie spent more than 21 years as a public defender in Virginia. Representing adults and juveniles charged with a range of misdemeanor and felony offenses, her work included both trial and appellate cases. Over her legal career Bonnie has served on numerous committees and work groups, as well as served as a presenter, on a variety of issues associated with public defense, the criminal legal system, and special populations. She earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Patty Tobias  – National Center for State Courts, Principal Court Management Consultant
Patricia Tobias has been with the NCSC’s Court Consulting Services division as a Principal Court Management Consultant since August 2014. Ms. Tobias has experience working in a wide variety of national, statewide, and local projects including those involving leadership and governance, caseflow management, strategic planning, child welfare, criminal justice reform and improving the justice system response to mental illness. She works with national court organizations and often presents at state and national conferences. As part of a NCSC team she currently supports the work of the National Judicial Task Force to Examine the State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness.

Prior to becoming a Principal Court Management Consultant, Ms. Tobias served as the Administrative Director of the Idaho Courts for 20+ years, since November 1993. She previously served as the Clerk of the Court, St. Louis County, Missouri (1986-1993); Director of Court Services Division, Office of the State Courts Administrator, Missouri Supreme Court (1980-1986); and Adult and Juvenile Probation Services, Champaign County Circuit Court, Illinois (1976-1979). Ms. Tobias served as President of the Conference of State Court Administrators and as Vice-Chair of the NCSC’s Board of Directors (2002-2003) and on the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center Board of Directors (2009-2011). She received the NCSC’s Warren E. Burger Award for Administrative Excellence, 2012; the Robert L. Doss, Jr., Memorial Scholarship, 2011; the Justice Management Institute’s Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence, 2008; the Idaho State Bar’s Award of Distinction, 2003; the Public Policy Leadership Award, 2003; and the Kramer Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration, 2001. Ms. Tobias received her M.S.J.A. from the University of Denver College of Law and her B.S. from the University of Illinois.