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Keynotes & Presenters

Lt. Charles P. Wilson, (Rtrd)

Retired Lt. Charles P. Wilson Chairman of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.  (NABLEO), a professional organization of African American police officers with over 9000 members. His professional career began in 1971, his previous law enforcement experience has included service as a Detective/Patrolman with the Woodmere Village, Ohio Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to serve as its first African American Chief of Police before relocating.

His professional career began in 1971, and his extensive background and experience is in the areas of investigative case management, patrol procedures, community relations, and internal affairs investigations, as well as creative activities involving the management, implementation and administration of police/community-related programs and systems. Mr. Wilson maintains broad-based knowledge, experience and understanding of community policing techniques and programs geared towards enhancing partnerships between police, community and businesses. He has a  comprehensive understanding of community policing methodologies from multiple perspectives, and this has resulted in nearly 25 peer-reviewed articles, with research on issues pertaining to minority law enforcement, recruiting for diversity, racial profiling, campus safety and police-community relations.

Dr. Brian Farrell
Dr. Brian Farrell is a Lecturer in Law and Human Rights, Director of the Citizen Lawyer Program, and Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa College of Law. He is also a co-founder and President of the Innocence Project of Iowa, an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to preventing and remedying wrongful convictions. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University, his law degree from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree and PhD in international human rights law from the National University of Ireland Galway. He practiced law in Iowa and Georgia, focusing on criminal defense, appeals, and postconviction relief. In 2012, Brian was named a Fulbright Scholar and taught for a semester in Bulgaria at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. He teaches international law, human rights, and criminal law courses, and is the author of numerous publications on international law, human rights, criminal law, and legal education., racial profiling, campus safety and police-community relations.
Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Adam Gregg, Lt. Governor | Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Adam Gregg serves as Lieutenant Governor of the State of Iowa. He was appointed to the position by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 25, 2017.

When he was selected, Adam was serving in the Branstad-Reynolds cabinet as the State Public Defender, a position he was appointed to by the governor in 2014. In this role, Adam led a 220-employee organization with a nearly $60-million budget, focused on providing the Constitutional right to counsel for Iowans.  Through innovative leadership, he used existing resources to create a new division within the Office of the State Public Defender to investigate potential wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system. He modernized the agency by moving processes online, improving efficiency while increasing the ability to detect and investigate fraudulent claims for taxpayer dollars. Gregg was proud to support drug courts, mental health courts and veterans courts throughout the state, which are innovative specialty courts that focus on treatment and recovery rather than punishment and imprisonment.

From 2013-14, Gregg served in the governor’s office as the legislative liaison and policy advisor. In this role he helped in the crafting and adoption of the Governor’s bipartisan budget and policy agenda over the course of the 85th General Assembly. He assisted in navigating a balanced budget, transformational education reform and the largest tax cut in Iowa history, among other priorities. Prior to joining the governor’s office, he practiced at the BrownWinick law firm in Des Moines. He was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 2014.

Gregg graduated in 2009 with high honors from Drake University Law School, where he received the institution’s prestigious Opperman Scholarship. While there, he earned the faculty’s William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award, given to the individual who demonstrates the greatest promise as an advocate, public servant and practitioner. While in school, Gregg conducted legal research in his capacity as an Iowa Supreme Court Scholar with Chief Justice Mark Cady and was a staff member for the Drake Law Review. One spring break, he and a team of law students went to New Orleans to conduct pro bono legal work post-Hurricane Katrina.

Workshop Presenters, Panelists & Speakers

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Panels and Workshop subject matter includes:
  • Eliminating Racial Profiling
  • Fair Chance Employment “Ban the Box”
  • The Death Penalty
  • Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Eye Witness Misidentification
  • Bipartisan Reform Efforts
  • Iowa’s DACA Dilemma
  • Updates on Criminal Justice in Iowa
  • Reducing Recidivism
  • Judges Roles in Reducing Disparities
  • Stave Vs. Plain:  Jury Pool Reform
  • Implicit Bias
  • School to Prison Pipeline
  • Educating Iowa Students on valuing all race
Check back here on 9/28/17 when we announce our full list of government officials, legislators, formerly incarcerated, corporate leaders, criminal justice professionals, advocates, and every day heroes.

Returning Citizen Reentry Simulation

Returning Citizen Re-Entry Simulation

Pat Steele & Central Iowa Works

Experience, first-hand, how an inmate transitions back into society.


The Reentry Simulation was developed by the United States Department of Justice and designed to allow participants to gain an understanding of the obstacles the formerly incarcerated face upon release from a term of incarceration. The simulation demonstrates some of the barriers and highlights many unnecessary challenges to successful reentry faced by returning citizens on their paths to re-establishing themselves as law-abiding, taxpaying citizens. During the simulation participants are assigned the identity of a fictional returning citizen and navigate through a series of events in an effort to successfully reintegrate into the community.   They have to meet the strict life requirements that people released from prison have to meet or risk being returned to prison. Each session is limited to 50 People

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