Join us for a day of Education, Service, and Unity on Monday, January 16, 2017! We are also accepting donations for our lunch bag service project!

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Location: UPO “Petey Green” Community Service Center, 2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE

Schedule of Events

10 am – 12 pm: Panel Discussion and Forum – A conversation about new employment and policing laws.


Temi-BennettTemi F. Bennett, Esq. Chicago native is a licensed attorney practicing Antitrust Law in the Washington D.C. Metro area. She has a diverse legal background, which includes labor and employment law at the Library of Congress and family and criminal law at Capital Area Law Group. Temi is a volunteer attorney with the Employment Justice Center, which provides legal advice and advocacy for low-income workers, many of whom are undocumented, day laborers and victims of wage theft. She is a Social Justice Chair for the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Temi is also a Charter member, Public Policy Chair, and Parliamentarian of the Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Temi graduated magna cum laude from Virginia State University with a B.A. in English (2005), before receiving her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (2009). At Georgetown, Temi served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Additionally, while at Georgetown, she represented low-income defendants as a student attorney with DC Law Students in Court, the Student Hurricane Network, and the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic.

Lucrecia-JohnsonLucrecia Johnson, Esq. LL.M. is a Staff Attorney at Paul Weiss in the litigation department providing case development on various regulatory and operational matters to corporate clients. Previously she served as an Associate Attorney, focusing primarily on litigation matters, to include representing the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services in Child Abuse and Neglect hearings, family law matters, criminal defense, and bankruptcy. She’s active in her local community, through various organizations. Lu continues her passion of social justice advocacy, nationally through serving as a member of the NBA YLD Social Justice. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007, her J.D. from Elon University in 2011, and her LL.M in Advocacy from American University in 2012. Last bar year, she served as the Co-Chair of the WBA YLD Social Justice Committee. This year, she serves as the YLD’s Secretary.

Chanell-AutreyMs. Chanell Autrey is a native of Washington, D.C. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with distinction and received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, French, and International Studies. In 2012, she graduated from George Washington University Law School and received the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Award, an award given to one member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding performance in and dedication to the field of civil rights and civil liberties. Ms. Autrey was an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender from 2013 to 2015. In her role as an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Autrey represented clients in Baltimore City District Court in all aspects of criminal law litigation by conducting factual and legal investigation for trial preparation. Ms. Autrey currently works as Legislative Counsel in the Office of Councilmember Charles Allen, Councilmember for Ward 5 in the District of Columbia.

Kelly O’Meara serves as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Strategic Change Division in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. As the Executive Director, Kelly develops and coordinates legal, operational, political, and fiscal strategies to address diverse topics, and advises the Chief of Police and city executives on high profile issues.

Kelly oversees MPD’s Special Liaison Branch, which supports community policing with communities that have been historically underserved, and is composed of the Asian Liaison Unit, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit, the Latino Liaison Unit, and the African Affairs Affiliates. As the manager of the Department’s legislative affairs, she works closely with the Council of the District of Columbia, United States Congress, and partner agencies. Kelly advocates on behalf of the agency at hearings and in interagency efforts, and briefs community members on key legislative issues. She also oversees the policy development branch, as well as the agency performance management program that includes measuring, evaluating, and reporting on agency initiatives.

Moderator: Toya Carmichael, Esq. – Chair, Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch Bag Service Project – Help serve those in need! Join volunteers in making and distributing lunch bags.

12 pm – 2 pm: 2017 Community Growing Together Vision Board – Bring your thoughts, ideas, and creativity to help build the Community’s Vision for 2017.

For more information contact:

Alissa Thompson, 202-231-7903

Bernardette Ferrell, 202-231-7945

Donors and Sponsorships needed:

Make check payable to UPO Inspire Foundation

For more information contact Shirley Price at 202-438-7170