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A Conversation with La Follette School alumna Joy Bertrand

Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Location:  La Follette School Conference Room

For La Follette School students, faculty, and staff only. Lunch will be provided.

All La Follette School students are invited to speak with alumna Joy Bertrand (MA '93), a private-practice lawyer in Arizona. Bertrand, who received her law degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, is visiting campus after speaking at the State Public Defenders' Criminal Defense Conference in Milwaukee.

Through criminal defense and plaintiff's side civil rights litigation, Bertrand focuses on creating social change and solid public policy.

At the conference, she is speaking about Mendiola v. Arpaio case, which her firm litigated, and the discrete legal and medical issues presented by pregnant women in custody. The case focused on shackling of women in labor; however, pregnant women in jail face other legal and medical issues as well.

These issues are growing in urgency, Bertrand says, because of the recent increase in immigration detention and prosecution of nonviolent drug offenders.

"The five years of fighting to end the barbaric practice of shackling women in labor changed me in ways I'm still sorting out," she said. "One thing is clear - the rest of my career will be focused on serving this underrepresented, vulnerable population.".

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