Support the Black Public Defender Association today!


Launched in November 2018, the Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) was created based on the recognition that creating and maintaining a national network of skilled Black public defenders who identify with and come from the communities most disproportionately impacted by the criminal legal system is necessary to fight against and end mass incarceration. Our work is guided by our core values: humanity, Black liberation, excellence, holistic defense, and community.

Since its creation, BPDA has:

  • LED national conferences focused on race and the criminal legal system
  • TRAINED public defenders across the U.S. on how to tackle race inside the courtroom and within the legal system
  • ADVOCATED on racial justice issues in the media, on the ground, and before local and national government leaders
  • INSPIRED hundreds of Black law students to apply for the BPDA Summer Fellowship Program; each summer, we support a class of BPDA Fellows through unpaid internships by providing summer stipends and professional development training

With your support, BPDA can continue the racial justice work through student fellowship programs, skills and leadership training, national advocacy race and more! Together we will make the promise of equal justice for all a reality!

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