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Saturday, March 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Defend the Poor and Fatherless, Do Justice to the Afflicted and Needy: Jews and Criminal Justice in New Orleans and the South

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We are instructed as Jews in many of our teachings to pursue justice. This panel will discuss why Jews have so often been attracted to justice-oriented fields and the impact of the Jewish presence in the Justice arena in the South. It will also address over-criminalization, poverty, Jewish norms, and the effects of all of these factors on the criminal courts.

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Simone Levine

In August 2015, Simone Levine became the Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that monitors New Orleans criminal courts. Simone served as both a prosecutor and a public defender before coming to Court Watch NOLA. Simone has also served as... Read More →
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Mercedes Montagnes

Mercedes received a JD degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she worked as a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Institute and held summer internships with a civil rights attorney and the Public Defender’s Office in New Orleans. She then served as a law clerk in... Read More →
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Josh Perry

Josh Perry is executive director of the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, a nonprofit law center that defends children in Louisiana's juvenile justice system. LCCR is the juvenile public defender in New Orleans, and it uses policy advocacy and impact litigation to build a fairer... Read More →

Saturday March 19, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Gates of Prayer -- Sanctuary 4000 West Esplanade Avenue South, Metairie, LA 70002