Defending Nashville: Collaboration in the Criminal Justice System

In many cases, our local government and nonprofit sector are working towards the same common good. In the criminal justice system, what is our Public Defender’s Office vision, and how can you and your nonprofit be a part of it? This presentation will be an informative and interactive discussion with the Chief Public Defender of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County, Martesha L. Johnson. During this session Chief Johnson will explain the inner workings of the Public Defender’s Office, the vision and mission of her tenure and the office’s quest for strategic partnerships to create meaningful criminal justice reform.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in this free Q&A session. It is designed for any nonprofit, government, or business professional who is interested in the state of the criminal justice system in Metropolitan Nashville, and for any organization working in a similar field and interested in learning more about possible collaboration.

About Martesha L. Johnson: Martesha L. Johnson is the newly elected Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender, the first African American to be elected to this position. She has a heart for serving people and was determined to be a public defender since interning with the Nashville Public Defender’s office in 2007. She has devoted her entire career to public defense work, interning with the Knoxville Public Defender Community Law Office and volunteering at the Nashville office after graduation in 2008. Martesha was officially hired in 2009 and has served in many leadership roles during her tenure in the office. She is a proud Nashville native who loves giving back to her hometown.

January 10, 2019; 9:00 AM to January 10, 2019; 10:30 AM
End Date
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Free for Members; Free for nonmembers

Center for Nonprofit Management


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