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Racial Justice Speaker Series: Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender

Monday January 25, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender

 ‘Racial disparities in Yolo County: the effects of systematic racism’

Tracie Olson will discuss the effects of systemic racism in Yolo County and ongoing efforts to address biased policies and protocols.

Olson joined the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office in 1998 after graduating Order of the Coif and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. In the last 22 years, she has handled every type of criminal case, including capital murder. In 2009, Olson was appointed Chief Public Defender, the first woman in the history of Yolo County to hold the position.

Since then, she has concentrated on building a law firm that provides clients the highest quality legal representation through a model of interdisciplinary representation. She has created a Record Mitigation Clinic, a Social Worker Unit, a Racial Justice Committee, an Early Representation protocol, a Media Team, a Wellness Program, and an Immigration Unit.

Olson is involved in a broad range of county endeavors, from developing law and justice strategic plans, to improving data systems, to piloting a performance management model, all with the goals of ensuring client needs are addressed and employees are equipped to do their best every day. She also continues to handle a small caseload. In 2018, Olson was elected as a board member of the California Public Defender’s Association and is a CSAC Credentialed California County Senior Executive.

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For more information, please contact Onell Berrios at or 530-754-5335