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Diversity Committee Luncheon/CLE: Education or Incarceration?
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When: 03/10/2016
12 - 2 PM
Where: Chester H Ferguson Law Center
1610 N Tampa St
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States

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 2.5 CLE Credits


Education or Incarceration?  Examining the School to Prison Pipeline


Noon- 1 p.m. A box lunch with Rosemary Armstrong. Founder of Crossroad for Kids and Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations fro the ACLU on whether inadequate school resources and discipline policies in schools “marking” children and introducing them to the legal system which then evolves to delinquency and prison terms. How to effectively defend juvenile clients and their parents in related cases in court. Also, how the State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting and our courts handing the cases presented. Moderated by Professor Karen Fultz, WMU Cooley Law School.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Public Defender Julianne Holt, the Honorable Ralph C. Stoddard and ASA Megan Newcomb, Juvenile Division Chief will address how to effectively defend juvenile clients and their parents in related cases in court.  Also, how the State Attorney's Office is prosecuting and handling the cases presented.  Including a view from the bench. Moderated by Victoria Cruz-Garcia, HCBA Co-Chair Diversity Committee.


Judge Ralph C. Stoddard, Circuit Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit

Nancy G. Abudu, Legal Director of the ACLU

Rosemary Armstrong, Esq. Founder of Crossroad for Kids

Julianne Holt, Esq., Hillsborough County Public Defender

Megan Newcomb, State Attorney’s Office. Juvenile Division Chief

Mary O’Connor, Assistant Chief of Operations, Tampa Police Department 


Jessica Goodwin Costello, Office of the Attorney General

Victoria Cruz- Garcia, HVBA Co-Chair Diversity Committee

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