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Presentations on Criminal Justice Reform, Mass Incarceration, Constitutional Principles and Policing
Improving Police Practices and Criminal Justice Legal Services through Complex Skills Training
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WHO I AM
With over twenty years of experience in different roles, I have made a significant impact on criminal justice reform, civil rights and equality. As a litigator, I have extensive experience in the complex area of habeas corpus litigation, where I developed expertise in constitutional principles as well as the procedural intricacies of the US criminal justice system. I have experience in prisoner civil rights litigation, including conditions of confinement and religious freedom for inmates. As a researcher and policy maker, I consulted municipalities on minority and women-owned business initiatives. I personally worked with hundreds of minority and women business owners and trade workers to research and document discrimination in public contracts and to develop policies to alleviate the impact of the historical exclusion of such groups.
As a educator, consultant, presenter and writer, I have continued to advocate for criminal justice reform and equity. I teach at Berkeley Law and Mills College Graduate School of Business and Public Policy. I am the co-creator of the interative education experience, "The Mock City Council on Police Reform and Gun Control." I have also written and presented several multi-media talks on constitutional and legal issues for community groups and schools in the bay area. These include: “The Constitution in Action: The Rapper 2Chainz, The Fourth Amendment, and Six Stories of Constitutional Rights in the Real World” and “Our Lips Are Sealed and Every Breath You Take: Six Strategies for a Traffic Stop After a Glass of Wine.”
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction in Ethnic Studies from the
University of California, Berkeley. I earned my JD from Stanford Law School. I grew up in
the Central Valley of California. Modesto to be precise. It was the birthplace of cruising.
I write about growing up with Guns & Roses, mentally illness and my Cowboy and Indian
family. I now live in the East Bay with my husband and three children. I love to hike, read
memoirs, create cocktails and listen to 80s music.
Attorney, Educator, Writer and Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
R. Shanti Bright Brien
WHAT I DO
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Shanti specializes in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings. Due to diligent research, impeccable writing and zealous advocacy, she has had enormous success, including several published decisions. Read a decision on federal habeas and a decision on shackling juveniles.
Shanti is co-founder and partner at Daylight Justice, a training and consulting company with the mission to transform the criminal justice system through education that promotes respect, dignity, safety and fairness. Daylight's first project is teaching complex skills to law enforcement.