Straight Talk Series: Race and Criminal Justice

Start Date
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:00 pm
End Date
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 5:30 pm
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ONU Law is pleased to announce a new lecture series created to address issues in the practice of law that are currently impacting members of our profession. This series is part of ONU Law’s effort to educate law students and the public on the many ways in which the law is directly involved in the social, economic and leadership issues facing our nation.

The first Straight Talk presentation will focus on the challenges faced by young minority attorneys working in the field of criminal justice. All four of our panelists are accomplished prosecutors and current or former public defenders. They are each members of the millennial generation and will share the challenges and possibilities of working in criminal justice.

Dean Rose shared: “Each of these panelists have committed themselves to being involved in the conversations in America about law, race and society. This millennial perspective is one that is crucial to understanding the future progress possible on all of these issues. It is a presentation not to be missed.”

November 19, 2020

4 – 5:30 p.m.

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Shaquana C. Harper is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Stetson University College of Law. She works in private practice and currently, her primary focus is in auto defense litigation handling bodily injury cases.  She has conducted countless mediations, depositions and attended numerous court proceedings. Prior to practicing insurance defense, Harper was an Assistant Public Defender in the 13th and 6th Judicial Circuits of Florida. Harper has tried over sixty jury trials ranging from murder to driving under the influence.

Jared Williams is a graduate of Georgia College & State University and Stetson University College of Law. Jared began his career at the Augusta District Attorney’s Office. In 2015, he left his legal career to live abroad and work as an Auxiliar de Conversacion in Spain. After returning stateside, Jared began his practice as a criminal defense attorney. In 2020, Jared ran to challenge an incumbent District Attorney, ultimately unseating her to become the first African American District Attorney of the Augusta Judicial Circuit, and the youngest DA in the state of Georgia.

Chantay Perry is graduate of Florida State University and Stetson University College of Law. She practices criminal defense as an Assistant Public Defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County, Florida. As a public defender, she is appointed by the court to represent those individuals who are accused of criminal offenses and could otherwise not afford representation, ensuring that every citizen in Florida receives competent counsel and a thorough defense. Perry has gained exemplary jury trial experience with cases ranging from misdemeanors to punishable by life felonies.

Zachariah Wade is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Stetson University College of Law. After law school Zachariah became a member of the Florida Bar and now serves as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit. As a prosecutor, Zachariah handles felony cases that include drug trafficking, felony domestic violence, sex crimes, manslaughter, gun violence and traffic homicides.