Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP Hosts 7th Annual Criminal Justice Seminar

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP will host the 7th Annual Criminal Justice Seminar on Saturday, June 14, at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Imperial Ballroom. This year's event, Balancing the Scales of Justice: Rehabilitation; Reentry; Redemption, will discuss how legal issues, social challenges, and advents in the laws effect the social welfare, upward mobility, and life sustaining options of average everyday citizens. Trust in the law, faith in the legal process, and hope for a better tomorrow are all key elements of allowing the dreams to live throughout the community, said officials.

The presenters and topics at the event will be: William C. “Bill” Killian, U.S. attorney: Eastern District, will discuss Justice Department Initiatives and Reentry; Ardena Garth, Hamilton County public defender, will discuss Pathways through the Legal Process; Kelvin Scott, Hamilton County election commissioner, will discuss Restoration of Rights to Ex-Felons and Tom Castelli, with the Tennessee ACLU, will discuss Ending the School to Prison Pipeline.

The keynote speaker for the seminar on this year will be Timothy Dempsey with Grassroots Development  Chattanooga Endeavors. 

The recipient of the 4th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award will be Beverly L. Watts, executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.  

For registration please make a reservation at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP Facebook page or by emailing Branch Secretary Eric Atkins at atkinse3@hotmail.com.  Registration is also available by calling the branch office at 267-5637.



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