Public Speaking

Living Up to the Legacy of William R. Ming, Jr: A Commitment to Civil Rights and Social Justice

William R. Ming, Jr.  was a trailblazer, a central – and some would say unsung – figure of the Civil Rights Movement, and one of the greatest legal minds in the last century. During his career as an attorney

A fair shot: Why a criminal record should not prevent one from rebuilding a life

This is the easiest of the hard part. That is what I told an audience of hundreds of men and women who attended an event in Chicago last weekend to access legal help in getting their criminal and/or court records sealed and expunged. 

In California and nationwide: Take the time to be a part of the movement

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), one of the preeminent organizations fighting wrongful conviction, was kind enough to invite me to its annual Justice for All Gala last week. I was honored to receive the Cookie Ridolfi Freedom Award for my legal work and activism.

Investing in Education is an Investment in Our Future

This week I had the privilege of speaking at Hillsborough Community College’s annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit, in Tampa Bay. Each year, the event is held to highlight the importance of higher education, but also to address and discuss barriers that can prevent young people from going to college and getting a degree. 

In Chicago, Pursuing the "Righteous Path"

Last weekend, while in town for a court appearance and for a speaking engagement at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I had the pleasure of talking with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and being featured in her Sunday column. We had a wide-ranging conversation spanning the details of my wrongful conviction, how and why I decided to become an attorney, and the creation of my law firm.