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Virtual Event: Shanti Brien, Author of Almost Innocent

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Mon, November 08, 2021
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Zoom, Walnut Creek CA 94597
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Georgia Callahan

Almost Innocent: From Searching to Saved in America's Criminal Justice System

Shanti Brien was a practicing criminal defense lawyer and a recovering-NFL wife when the Department of Justice began a criminal investigation of her husband’s company. This collision of her personal and professional lives altered her view of the system she’d dedicated her life to and frames her book Almost Innocent: From Searching to Saved in America's Criminal Justice System (Amplify Publishing, 2021). Detailing the stories of nine of Brien’s clients—from teenage Hmong gang member convicted of a drive-by shooting, to a graying hippie lawyer and single-mother convicted of falsifying a document, from thieves to rapists, from the obviously-guilty to the surprisingly-innocent— Almost Innocent reveals the messy and tragic criminal system and offers suggestions for what it could be: more fair, more humane, and more just.


Shanti is an accomplished criminal defense attorney with a specialty in appeals and post-conviction proceedings. She is co-founder of Fogbreak, an educational and consulting firm that seeks to transform our culture through collaborations and experiential education about fairness, equity and inclusion.  She will share her thoughts on how the criminal justice system could be more fair, more humane, and more just. 

Shanti received her BA with high honors and distinction in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a JD from Stanford Law School. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe and lives in Piedmont, California with her family.



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