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NACC Webinar: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Civil Rights: A Conversation with the ACLU
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NACC Webinar: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Civil Rights: A Conversation with the ACLU

This session will begin with an overview of the ACLU’s work and structure, along with the various ways in which the ACLU partners with other organizations committed to social justice. Presenters will then discuss some of the intersections of child welfare practice and the ACLU’s advocacy around sacred constitutional protections, including those guaranteed by the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. ​

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
1:00-2:30pm Eastern
Where: United States
Presenter: Jason Williamson and Somil Trivedi
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
(303) 864-5359

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Jason D. Williamson is Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, where he joined the organization as a staff attorney in January 2011.  Since arriving at the ACLU, Jason has served as a presenter or panelist at criminal justice-related conferences and convenings across the country, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislation Conference (2015), the American Bar Association’s Public Defense Summit (2017), the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law’s Reentry Conference (2017), and Howard University’s Global Perspectives on Police, Law, & Society (2018), and has guest lectured at New York University School of Law, University of Idaho School of Law, and William Paterson University (NJ).  Jason is regularly consulted by national media outlets on issues related to policing, public defense reform, and drug law reform, in particular.  


Jason focuses primarily on Fourth Amendment, police practices, and public defense reform litigation.  Prior to joining the ACLU, Jason worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, and served as a law clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York from 2007-2008.  He began his legal career in New Orleans, first as a staff attorney for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, and later as a staff attorney and founding member of Juvenile Regional Services (now called the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights), which provides legal representation for indigent youth in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.  Jason also serves as an adjunct clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1998, and his J.D. from NYU Law in 2006.  Jason is a devout Rastafarian, committed husband, and proud father of twin daughters.    


Somil Trivedi is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, working closely with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. Since joining the ACLU, Somil has presented on criminal and prosecutorial reform topics nationwide, including to the National Bar Association, the Cato Institute, and Fair and Just Prosecution.  He has guest lectured at Columbia Law, Georgetown Law, and Howard Law schools, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Marshall Project, among others.


Somil’s work integrates novel lawsuits with legislative, advocacy, and voter education efforts to change incentives for prosecutors and law enforcement to reduce mass incarceration and challenge racism in the criminal law system. Somil was previously a trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section and before that worked in criminal and regulatory defense. He was also previously chair of the young lawyer’s advisory board for the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice.

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