Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends

Daryl Atkinson and Scott Holmes

Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Breaking Down Walls and Building Bridges

Scott and Daryl have worked together on many criminal justice issues in North Carolina. Together, they will explore the challenges of seeking sustainable wholeness in broken community.

Daryl Atkinson is a senior staff attorney at Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ)  focusing on criminal justice reform issues. Prior to coming to SCSJ, Daryl was a staff attorney at the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services  where he co-managed the Collateral Consequence Assessment Tool (C-CAT). C-CAT is an online searchable database that allows the user to identify the civil disabilities triggered by North Carolina arrests, indictments, and convictions. Because of Daryl’s intimate knowledge of collateral consequences he was chosen to serve on an advisory committee for the American Bar Association’s collateral consequence project.

Since moving to North Carolina in 2007, Daryl has been active in both the prisoner reentry and legal service communities. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance, a burgeoning statewide coalition of advocacy organizations, service providers, faith-based organizations and community leaders that have come together to achieve the safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles returning home from incarceration. Moreover, Daryl served on a subcommittee of Governor Beverly Perdue’s Task Force to Stop Repeat Offenders. Most notably, Daryl and the Durham Second Chance Alliance led the first successful Ban the Box campaign in North Carolina, which resulted in the City of Durham adopting an administrative policy that removed the question about criminal convictions from the city employment application.

Scott Holmes is a Quaker Lawyer from Durham and Clinical Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law where he supervises the Civil Litigation clinic and teaches law.

He is a graduate of UNC Law School and a recipient of the Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. He has worked as a trial lawyer in civil rights and criminal defense cases, representing Moral Monday protesters, panhandlers, Dream Team activists, and Occupy Protesters. His clinic is currently focusing on issues related to racial profiling and excessive force in police departments and prison condition cases.

Scott is member of the Durham Friends Meeting (NCCON, PFF). He is committed to putting his faith into action by caring for his clients and his community. He is married and is the father of four children.  He dances ballet, and has performed with the Triangle Youth Ballet in their production of the Nutcracker and Dracula.  He has studied and plays the Classical Guitar. He also writes and performs children's music with a group called Flying Hippo.

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