Workshop – Keynote Speakers

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The SCALES Open Justice Research Workshop – Keynote Speakers

Friday, May 21, 2021
11am to 3pm (CDT)




Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)

Nancy Gertner is a professor at Harvard Law School. From 1994 to 2011, she was a federal district court judge in Massachusetts, appointed by President Clinton. She taught for over a decade at Yale Law School and for two decades was a criminal defense lawyer, civil rights, and women’s rights activist. Gertner has taught with American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (and now sits on the advisory board) and Yale Law School’s China Project, among others. Her honors include ABA’s Margaret Brent Award, ABA’s Thurgood Marshall Award, and the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Arabella Babb Mansfield Award. Her writings include her 2011 autobiography, In Defense of Women. She is presently working on a judicial memoir entitled Incomplete Sentences: Judging, Guidelines, and Gangs (Beacon Press, forthcoming).

Julie Ciccolini

Julie Ciccolini is NACDL's Director of Law Enforcement Accountability. She supports public defenders across the nation with implementing and managing databases to track law enforcement misconduct. She also works at a local and national level to change police secrecy laws and promote greater police accountability. In her previous role at The Legal Aid Society, Julie developed a web application to track police misconduct that NACDL now implements in other offices. She also designed and managed their Cop Accountability Project database used by twelve defense and civil rights organizations across New York City to investigate NYPD misconduct. A limited public version is available at https://capstat.nyc. Most recently, Julie was a Research Technologist in the Digital Investigations Lab at Human Rights Watch. Using a range of technical skills, she supported remote and digital investigations into human rights abuses across the globe. Julie holds a B.S. from New York University and a M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University.