The O’Connell Conference

Drawing of a dove carrying a flag that says 'no peace without justice' O'Connell Conference Making 'Justice for All' a Reality

Friday, September 17, 2021
9:00 am – 2:30 pm PDT

4.0 Credits, Including Access to Justice Creditsgavel divider

Conference Schedule

 

8:30 am

In Person Registration Opens


9:00 - 10:00 am
 


2021 Oregon Legislative Session: Criminal Law Reform and the Road Ahead 

Representative Janelle Bynum, House District 51
Senator Floyd Prozanski, Oregon Legislature
Moderator: Stuart Chinn, Professor and the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Fellow, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon School of Law

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10:00 - 10:30 am


Break


10:30 - 11:30 am


Reinventing Reentry and Reducing Recidivism for a Better Justice System 

The Honorable Ann Aiken, US District Court Judge for the District of Oregon
Kristy Laschober, Community Resource Director for Reclaiming Lives/Recovery Café in Medford 
Moderator: Assistant Professor Kristen Bell, University of Oregon School of Law

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11:30 am - 12:00 pm


Break: Lunch Available for In Person Attendees


12:00 - 1:00 pm


Perspectives on Policing: What Does Justice Look Like?

Zach Winston, Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Policy Director
Ernest Warren, Managing Attorney at Warren & Sugarman Law Firm
Moderator: Athul Acharya, Executive Director of Public Accountability

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1:00 - 1:30 pm


Break


1:30 - 2:30 pm


Oregon Courts: Moving Toward Justice and Improved Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health Challenges 

The Honorable Nan Waller, Mental Health Court Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Elizabeth Wakefield, Attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender
Moderator: Debra Maryanov, Senior Assistant General Counsel for Behavioral Health at the Oregon Judicial Department

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2:30 - 3:15 pm


Light Reception with cake to celebrate Constitution Day

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9:00 - 10:00 am

2021 Oregon Legislative Session: Criminal Law Reform and the Road Ahead

Rep. Janelle Bynum


Representative Janelle Bynum represents House District 51 which includes the communities of East Portland, Damascus, Gresham, Boring, North Clackamas, and Happy Valley. She serves as the Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Black, Indigenous People of Color Caucus. This legislative session, Rep. Bynum played a leading role in the passage of the nation’s most comprehensive community safety package. She resides in Happy Valley where she owns several McDonald’s franchises with her husband. Rep. Bynum holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida A & M University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski


Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He currently serves on five Senate committees: the Judiciary and Conduct Committees (both of which he chairs), the Environment & Natural Resources Committee, the Wildfire Prevention & Recovery Committee, and the Legislative Counsel Committee. Senator Prozanski lives in Eugene and is an avid cyclist and homebrewer. Between legislative sessions, he works as a municipal prosecutor. Sen. Prozanski graduated from Texas A.M. University and earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law.

Associate Dean Stuart Chinn


Stuart Chinn (moderator) is a Professor and the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Fellow. He also serves as the University of Oregon School of Law's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His areas of expertise include constitutional law, legislation, and political history. Associate Dean Chinn is currently working on set of projects related to American civic norms. He received his BA, JD, and PhD from Yale University.


10:30 - 11:30 am

Reinventing Reentry and Reducing Recidivism for a Better Justice System 

Judge Ann Aiken


Judge Ann Aiken began serving as a US District Court Judge for the District of Oregon in 1998. Judge Aiken played a critical role in launching the District of Oregon’s Reentry Court, and she is a frequent presenter on the topic of reentry after incarceration. Throughout her legal career, she has also supported student success and invested in the professional development and mentorship of Oregon Law graduates. Her many recognitions include receipt of Oregon Law’s Meritorious Service Award in 2020. Judge Aiken is a Double Duck, holding both a BS and JD from the University of Oregon.

Kristy Laschober


Kristy Laschober is the Community Resource Director for Reclaiming Lives/Recovery Café in Medford. She also is a speaker, advocate, and advisor who seeks to remove barriers for incarcerated individuals. Most recently she advocated to get the criminal history box removed on all college applications in the state of Oregon. In this work, she draws from her own experience of incarceration in a federal prison for 4 years. After her release in 2017, she graduated with honors from Southern Oregon University in Innovation and Leadership.

Professor Kristen Bell


Kristen Bell (moderator) is an Assistant Professor at University of Oregon School of Law. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, and she earned her PhD in philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and was a Senior Liman Fellow and Lecturer at Yale Law School. Bell was selected as a Soros Justice Fellow in 2013. Her first article from her fellowship research, A Stone of Hope: Legal and Empirical Analysis of Juvenile Lifer Parole Decisions, was published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review in 2019.


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Perspectives on Policing: What Does Justice Look Like?

Zach Winston


Zach Winston serves as Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Policy Director. Previously Zach worked with the Oregon Innocence Project and in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer. Most recently, he worked at the Pathfinder Network’s Center for Family Success as a Family Advocate/Facilitator, where he facilitated groups for justice-involved parents and advocated for marginalized individuals. Zach is formerly incarcerated and uses his firsthand experiences to inform his work around criminal justice reform. Zach holds a BS from Western Connecticut State College and a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Ernest Warren


Ernest Warren is the Managing Attorney at Warren & Sugarman Law Firm. His successful practice is primarily criminal defense but also includes civil matters. He serves as General Counsel for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) Inc., work that aligns with his passion for affordable housing policy and justice. He is a trusted mentor to many including gang-impacted youth. He earned a BA in Economics and a Master’s of Business Administration for Business, Government and Not-for-profit Management from Willamette University. His JD is from Arizona State University College of Law.

Ebony Morgan, CAHOOTS Program Coordinator


Ebony Morgan works as the Program Coordinator for CAHOOTS, Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets. CAHOOTS is funded through the city and county, deploying crisis workers and medics to behavioral health situations in the Eugene-Springfield Metro area of Oregon. Recent national coverage has included the New York Times and the Trevor Noah Show. Ms. Morgan is a Registered Nurse with a degree from Lane Community College. She has 10 years of work history in diverse healthcare roles and settings prior to CAHOOTS, including insurance, primary care, and the emergency department.

Athul Acharya


Athul Acharya (moderator) is the Executive Director of Public Accountability, a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization focused on reforming qualified immunity and related doctrines. He is an experienced appellate litigator whose work includes winning an injunction that ordered the City of Portland and federal government to stop targeting journalists reporting on the 2020 Portland protests. Prior to entering private practice, he clerked on the Ninth Circuit and the District of Oregon. Mr. Acharya earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rochester, a MS from Purdue University, and a JD from Duke University School of Law.


1:30 - 2:30 pm

Oregon Courts: Moving Toward Justice and Improved Outcomes for Individuals with Mental Health Challenges 

Judge Nan Waller


Judge Nan Waller was appointed to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 2001. She served as Presiding Judge for 6 years. She currently is the Mental Health Court Judge. Judge Waller serves on the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. She Co-Chairs the Chief Justice’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council and serves on the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet.  Judge Waller’s many awards include the Mental Health Award for Excellence and the Frohnmayer Award for Public Service from the University of Oregon. Judge Waller received her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.

 


Elizabeth Wakefield is an Attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender. Her current assignment is in the Parent Child Advocacy Division. Previously, she has served as the Mental Health resource attorney, and she was the first public defender assigned to the Multnomah County Mental Health Court. She has supervised the Juvenile Unit, the Specialty/Treatment Courts Unit and the Misdemeanor Unit. From May 2018 to August 2019, she served as Deputy General Counsel at Oregon’s Office of Public Defense Services. She serves as one of the subject matter experts for the OCDLA mental health legislative advisory team.

Debra Maryanov


Debra Maryanov (moderator) is the Senior Assistant General Counsel for Behavioral Health at the Oregon Judicial Department, focusing on legal analysis, support to judges and court staff, and collaboration with OJD’s government and community partners to improve processes for individuals at the intersection of Oregon’s behavioral health and justice systems. Previously she served as a Legislative Analyst for the Oregon State Legislature, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice. She holds a BA from Tulane University, a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University, and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.