1105 S Seaward Ave
Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association and Black Lawyers of Ventura County
Present Thomas B. Harvey
Effecting Change In Your Community Through Advocacy And Impact Litigation
Thomas B. Harvey is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of ArchCity Defenders, a non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy to the poor and homeless in the St. Louis region and beyond. ArchCity Defenders uses direct services, impact litigation, and advocacy through policy and public relations as its primary tools to promote racial justice and protect civil and human rights. ArchCity Defenders represents more than 1000 people in civil and criminal cases and has filed federal class action challenges against debtors’ prisons and cash bail against 23 cities. ArchCity recently settled its class action against the City of Jennings for $4.75 million. Thomas is the lead author of ArchCity’s white paper on the systemic abuses of St. Louis County’s municipal court system published in August of 2014 that brought context to underlying factors in the protests following the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson. Thomas’s work on these issues has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Democracy Now, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.
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