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2020 SPD Annual Criminal Defense Conference

-Speaker Biographies-

Melinda Pendergraph has been the Training Director for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office since 2011. Melinda is a career public defender, representing clients in circuit courts and all appellate courts in Missouri. Most of her practice focused on death penalty postconviction and appellate cases. Melinda has served as faculty for state and national training programs, including NLADA’s Appellate Defender Training, the Federal Court’s Persuasive Writing Workshops, NLADA Life in the Balance, NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Airlie Death Penalty Conference, the Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), and various State Public Defender organizations.  She has taught a death penalty seminar at University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. In 2006, Melinda received NLADA’s “Kutak-Dodd’s Prize” awarded annually to one public defender nationally for their dedication to equal justice. MACDL awarded Melinda their “Lew Kollias Award” for her appellate advocacy.  In 1993, MSPD designated Melinda as their Defender of Distinction.