The Healing Injustice Conference is a two-day event being held in the Honors College at the University of Houston, and generously funded by the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Center on Ethics and Leadership (EDR) at the Hobby School of Public Affairs.
The United States (U.S.) leads the world in a grim statistic: approximately 6.5 million people incarcerated or under criminal justice supervision (e.g., probation, parole). Moreover, the affected population is disproportionately comprised of people of color, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty. The right to a defense attorney when someone is charged with a crime is enshrined in the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, the quality of this defense is often inadequate due to under-resourcing, raising questions about people's constitutional rights.
Holistic indigent defense refers to approaches that engage “teams of professionals that address a range of the client’s needs rather than simply a heroic solitary lawyer who represents a defendant solely at criminal trial.” This approach attempts to address not only clients’ legal needs, but also seeks to ameliorate the impact of arrest and incarceration (e.g., employment, housing, nutrition, access to health care).
This is a groundbreaking conference that brings together lawyers, social workers, community health workers, human services professionals, students, and data scientists to engage with the possibilities of reshaping the way that people without economic means experience legal representation.
The Healing Injustice Conference aims to:
1) Revolutionize how holistic defense data is captured and utilized,
2) Reimagine the role of social services and mental wellness care across the defense process, and
3) Conceptualize what holistic defense training would look like for lawyers.
The event will include keynote speakers Antong Lucky and Dr. James McLeary.
We invite lawmakers, lawyers, social workers, community health workers, human services professionals, students, and data scientists to participate in this conversation.
Conference registration is free and open to the public. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee will be provided to in-person participants.
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