Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Southern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring

About the Southern Regional Summit  


Summit Agenda and Video Footage

Monday, May 18, 2015 - Atlanta, GA

Speaker Biographies 

8:30 am - 8:45 am      Registration & Breakfast

8:45 am - 9:00 am      Introduction

  • Opening Remarks: Roberta Meyers, Director, National H.I.R.E. Network, Legal Action Center


 9:00 am - 10:20 am    Panel 1 - Public Safety and Accountability through Community Understanding: Employment as a critical element of changing lives and strengthening communities (Video of Panel 1 available here)

  • Moderator: Amy Solomon, Director of Policy, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Panelists:
    • John A. Horn, U.S. Attorney Northern District of Georgia
    • Judge Michael P. Boggs, Georgia Court of Appeals and Co-chair of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform
    • Jay Neal, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Transition, Support, and Re-entry
    • Leslie Talbott, GoGirl Fitness Studio
    • Marilynn Winn, Racial Justice Action Network/Women on the Rise


10:20 am - 10:30 am  Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm  Panel 2 - Past, Present, and Future Standards of Practice: Criminal record screening in employment (Video of Panel 2 available here)

  • Moderator: Ray McClain, Director of the Employment Discrimination Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Panelists:
    • Dr. Robert Brame, University of South Carolina (presentation)
    • Lewis Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute (presentation)
    • Fred Giles, Senior Vice President Research Division, CARCO


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Lunch & Networking

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm     Panel 3 - The Bottom Line: What matters most? (Video of Panel 3 available here)

  • Moderator: Roberta Meyers, Director of the National H.I.R.E. Network, Legal Action Center
  • Panelists:
    • Pamela Devata, Labor & Employment Partner, Seyfarth Shaw (presentation)
    • DeAndre Brown, Executive Director, Lifeline to Success
    • Dena R. Hong, Labor & Employment Attorney, United Parcel Services


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm     Panel 4 - Innovative Partnerships and Strategies that Strengthen Business and the Workforce (Video of Panel 4 and Conclusion available here)

  • Moderator: Doug Ammar, Executive Director, Georgia Justice Project
  • Panelists:
    • Ray Clark, Program Director, Economic Opportunities
    • Scott Nikaido, Corporate Compliance Manager, Barnhart Crane and Rigging
    • Jessica Hidalgo, Program Coordinator of RESTORE & Re-Entry, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries (presentation)
    • Jack Mills, Chief Workforce Strategy Officer and Director of the National Network of Sector Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development


4:30 pm - 5:00 pm     Conclusion - The Way Forward

  • Closing Remarks: Stephanie Akhter, Policy Analyst, Council of State Governments Justice Center