Speaker Date: Feb. 26, 2021

In America, our system of justice is built upon the idea that “We the People” will come together in a courtroom to determine guilt or innocence. Unfortunately, our courtrooms were not built for the kind of social distancing the Covid-19 pandemic has made necessary.

Modifications to protect the health of the public and those participating in the system must be balanced with the constitutional protections afforded to people accused of crimes.

Criminal defense attorney Melissa Owen will discuss the efforts our community has made to get our justice system moving again and the challenges that remain.

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C. Mellisa "Missy" Owen, Partner: Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen

Melissa Owen is a founding partner at Tin, Fulton, Walker, and Owen, PLLC.  Her practice is dedicated to defending the accused in state and federal courts. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and speaks at the state and national level on trial practice, ethical questions in the practice of law, and the defense of clients accused of white-collar offenses or sex crimes.  Recently, she has served on the court-reopening task force for the Justice Access Initiative for the Mecklenburg County Bar.