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File #: 210299    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/8/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/15/2021
Title: Recognizing and honoring Keir Bradford-Grey for her astounding, impactful, and incomparable service to the City and its citizens as Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and congratulating her on her new role as Partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21029900, 2. Signature21029900
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Recognizing and honoring Keir Bradford-Grey for her astounding, impactful, and incomparable service to the City and its citizens as Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia and congratulating her on her new role as Partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

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WHEREAS, Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey has devoted 21 years of her life and legal career to indigent defense by her diligent and compassionate efforts to secure just and fair outcomes for people involved with the criminal legal system; and

WHEREAS, Chief Defender Bradford-Grey began her distinguished career in indigent defense at the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 1999, following her graduation from Ohio Northern University-Claude W. Pettit College of Law; and

WHEREAS, Chief Defender Bradford-Grey continued her career in indigent legal defense in 2008 at the Delaware Federal Public Defender's office, before returning to Pennsylvania in 2012 to serve as the first African American and second woman Chief Defender in Montgomery County; and

WHEREAS, Chief Defender Bradford-Grey returned to the Defender Association of Philadelphia in 2015 when she was selected to lead the office as Chief Defender - the first African American woman to serve in the role; and

WHEREAS, Chief Defender Bradford-Grey has worked tirelessly in her role to improve the quality of justice for all Philadelphians by bringing a client-centered indigent defense model to the City; establishing and building meaningful partnerships with the community, empowering individuals, families and neighborhoods to make informed decisions and advocate for themselves at every justice system decision point; and bringing her "Know Your Systems" training and education program to community centers and barber shops throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, Chief Defender Bradford-Grey introduced Participatory Defense, a dynamic community-organized criminal justice reform model to Pennsylvania, and facilitated the es...

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