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TWYLA CARTER - National Bail Reform 

Twyla Carter is the National Policy Director at The Bail Project. Prior to joining TBP, Twyla was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Criminal Law Reform Project at the ACLU national office, where she litigated local and state bail inequities and right-to-counsel protections in the federal courts, and designed alternative bail and representation policies and procedures for targeted jurisdictions. Prior to working at the ACLU, Twyla was a public defender for ten years. She was the Misdemeanor Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, where she oversaw all misdemeanor casework across the four divisions of the department. As a Staff Attorney at The Defender Association, Twyla handled felony and misdemeanor trial caseloads, represented juveniles, and appealed misdemeanor convictions. Twyla is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington State and she is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. Twyla is a frequent speaker on all aspects of the criminal legal system, including bail and police reform, right-to-counsel issues, and how to incorporate race and culture into criminal and death penalty cases.
Annamaria Steward, Executive Director of The National Black Lawyers Top 100
"It is important to recognize and celebrate African American legal excellence. The NBL Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 work hard to harness the knowledge of these stalwarts of our profession to create a legal brain trust."

Annamaria Steward, Esq.

Executive Director


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