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Thursday, September 23 • 5:30pm - 6:20pm
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Join us as four incredible women come together for one incredible session to examine the struggles, triumphs, and ultimately the legacy of being women in public defense.

Led by awarding-winning strategist and executive coach Cheryl Procter-Rogers, the panelists will share their insights on how they continue to thrive as leaders in the face of gender bias, ageism, and other factors meant to derail their forward progress. Leave this session empowered and inspired by three women who have decades of experience as public defenders.

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Cheryl Hughes-Redd

Paralegal, Forensics Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Cheryl Hughes-Redd is a Paralegal in the Forensics Division for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  Mrs. Hughes-Redd has been with MOPD for seventeen years, beginning her career with MOPD as a paralegal in their Child in Need of Assistance Division.  In 2007 she advanced... Read More →
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Lori James-Townes

President, NAPD
Lori James-Townes is the Executive Director of the National Association of Public Defense. Lori assumed this leadership position after three years of working as Assistant Training Director for NAPD and more than 25 years of working on defense teams representing indigent defendants... Read More →
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Andrea Lyon

Principal, Professor Emeritus, Lyon Law
Ms. Lyon is a renowned lawyer, author, speaker, professor and former Dean of the Valparaiso University Law School, who has been featured on national news and media outlets. Dubbed “The Angel of Death Row” by the Chicago Tribune, she was the first woman to serve as lead attorney... Read More →
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Cheryl Procter-Rogers

Executive Coach and Associate Director, Ernst & Young (EY)
An award-winning PR and business strategist, Cheryl Procter-Rogers is currently executive coach and associate director for Ernst & Young's Americas Coaching Practice. Prior, she was senior consultant and executive coach for her firm, she established in 1986,  A Step Ahead PR Consulting... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 5:30pm - 6:20pm EDT