Start Date: 12/9/2020 3:00 PM EST
End Date: 12/9/2020 5:00 PM EST
Venue Name: Via Zoom
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Defending Clients Whose Right to a Fair Trial is Jeopardized by Explicit, Implicit and Structural Racial Bias
2.0 Total Hrs, Including 1 Hr of Ethics
Facilitated by Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, KACDL Legislative Agent and Legislation Committee Co-Chair
Presenters: Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto and Daniel E. Whitley, Sr
This session will discuss how to effectively voir dire on questions of race, how to raise racial bias at transfer hearings for juveniles facing transfer to adult court, how to file and litigate race based stops, how to expose abusive police tactics that are tainted with racial bias and how to garner community support on behalf of your clients to overcome the prejudice they face from the judge and prosecutor based on explicit, implicit and systemic bias.
Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto is also a native of Lexington, KY. Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College, Amherst Massachusetts where she focused her studies on racial and cultural diversity and prejudice in the United States. Rebecca worked for the Sioux YMCA and on behalf of the Lakota Nation both during the summers while in college and upon her graduation from Amherst. Rebecca began challenging racial bias in the criminal justice system in 1985 on behalf of clients whom she represented through the Department of Public Advocacy in Richmond, KY. For five years, she raised issues about racial bias in sentencing and prosecution of her clients at the trial level. In 1990, Rebecca shifted her defense of clients at DPA to the appellate level. There she frequently challenged the harm to a fair trial that her clients had received because of racially biased prosecutorial strategies evident in voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments. Rebecca gained an expertise in raising these issues in front of juries and the court in juvenile and adult cases as well as highlighting for appellate courts how racial bias was used to convict her clients at trial.
Daniel E. Whitley, Sr. is a native of Lexington, KY. He graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 2001. He pursued his collegiate education at the University of Kentucky and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Mr. Whitley Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, FL and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2010. During his time in law school, Mr. Whitley became passionate about litigation and took part in the Black Law Student Association [BLSA] mock trial team for two years. After graduating from law school, Daniel launched his career as a criminal defense attorney with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office. He specialized there for 3 years in juvenile defense. Daniel then joined the Department of Public Advocacy in Lexington, KY. Daniel gained a reputation as an attorney who was a strong litigator and not afraid to go to trial for his clients. Mr. Whitley has strong trial experience with several victories especially in cases that were deemed by some to be un-winnable. Not only does Daniel find pleasure working to assist his clients but he also enjoys helping those who are pursuing a career in law.
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