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Re-Envisioning Re-Entry Law Conference

  • San Jose State University 1 Washington Square San Jose CA 95192 (map)

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All Of Us Or None Present

Re-Envisioning Re-entry: Law Conference 2016

WHEN: Friday October 7th 2016

TIME: 8:00am-4:30pm

WHERE: San Jose State University
Student Union Ballroom
1 Washington Square San Jose CA 95192


WHAT: "Re-Envisioning Re-Entry" is a free re-entry law conference and community building forum for legal service providers, advocates, community members, and formerly incarcerated people. The conference will bring you expert panelists with a focus on best practices and remedies available to help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers to re-entry.

This year’s panels will include information and updates on Housing, Fines and Fees, Licenses and Certificates, and Bias in the Legal Profession.

Fines & Fees or Freedom? Eliminating Re-entry Roadblocks Created by Court Debt and License Suspension
More than 4 million Californians' licenses are currently suspended for inability to pay for a collective $10 billion in outstanding court debt. This panel will examine the impact of municipal and traffic debt on re-entering people and explore advocacy tools available to assist clients and reform the court-debt system.

Elisa Della-Piana, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Avni Desai, Community Housing Partnership

Brittany Stonesifer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Liberating the License: Barriers to Professional Licensing for Formerly Incarcerated People.
This panel will discuss the legal, economic, and social barriers formally incarcerated people face in obtaining professional licenses.

Dominik Taylor, Root & Rebound
Adam G. Slote, Slote, Links & Boreman, LLP
Wanda Heffernon, M.D.
Harriette Davis, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All of Us or None


Fair Housing Advocacy and Eviction Defense
his panel will outline effective methods to advocate for formerly incarcerated people's housing rights, through litigation as well as advocacy in the political arena.

Kyra Kazantzis, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Adam Poe, Bay Area Legal Aid
Deborah Thrope, National Housing Law Project

Detecting and Fighting Bias Against Formerly Incarcerated People

Panelists will discuss implicit bias based on race and conviction history as it affects how attorneys and other service providers treat their clients. Even individuals fighting explicit and institutional racism have been shown to carry implicit bias. Panelists will discuss the science behind implicit bias and ways to identify and contravene against bias when it rears its ugly head.

Chris Bridges, Equal Justice Society
Samantha Rogers, California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Eva DeLair, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Lawyers and paralegals will receive 4.75 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits (including 1 hour for Bias requirement) for the day.