Boston Bar Annual Meeting
Educate. Engage. Empower.
Friday, September 28, 2018
7:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee & Networking
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Program
The 2018 Annual Meeting breakfast will bring together Boston Bar members, their friends & colleagues, as well as leaders from non-profits, government agencies, corporations and a variety of professional sectors throughout the Commonwealth for a morning of inspiration and thought leadership focused on engaging the legal community in disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.
Join us for this inspirational and engaging event as we recognize and hear from leaders in this area who have made significant strides in helping children and families impacted by this issue, and learn more about how the bar can continue to have an impact.
James Forman, Jr.
Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color and the author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, which was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Forman graduated from Atlanta’s Roosevelt High School, Brown University, and Yale Law School. He worked as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented juveniles and adults in felony and misdemeanor cases.
Professor Forman loved being a public defender, but he quickly became frustrated with the lack of education and job training opportunities for his clients. So in 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. A decade later, in 2007, Maya Angelou School expanded and agreed to run the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison, leading to a transformation of that school and the educational experience there.
At Yale, Professor Forman teaches courses on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic and Race, Class and Punishment. Learn more.