SPEAKER, WRITER, LEGAL & POLITICAL ANALYST

Bio

Paul Henderson is a nationally recognized speaker...

 

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An award-winning speaker and analyst...

Balanced. Straightforward. Insightful.

About

Paul Henderson is currently the interim director of the Department of Police Accountability for the City of San Francisco.

Until recently, Paul served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Public Safety Liaison for Mayor Ed Lee’s administration in the City of San Francisco. Since 2011, Paul has advised the Mayor on a variety of topics and helped develop and implement policy across a broad range of issues. Paul supports the administration of various City departments, providing direct support to the Mayor, with a particular emphasis on the criminal justice system and cooperation between local, state and federal partners.

Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Paul served as Chief of Administration under then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, holding the highest position held by an African-American or LGBT male in the history of the office. Paul has over a decade of prosecutorial experience, winning dozens of trials, and has handled every type of case from nonviolent misdemeanors to serious felonies, including homicide.

Through his success in protecting victims of violent crimes and representing communities without a voice in the courtroom, Mr. Henderson has made many lasting impacts in the San Francisco Bay Area that have garnered national recognition. His combination of legal experience and balanced perspective has made Paul a sought after speaker and on-air personality. He sits on the editorial board for California Lawyer and is a contributing writer to Politico.com. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker at various law schools throughout the country. Recently, he was called to the White House to participate in a national forum addressing criminal justice reform.

Mr. Henderson is a renown speaker, veteran prosecutor, and champion of civil rights.

 

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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

  • Music Mural and Arts Project’s Teen Mural Program unveiling, August 15, 2013
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Turning Challenges into Success, Rocket Fuel, Redwood City. 
  • Bay Area Urban Debate League Gala Dinner, A Career in Communications
  • Televised Black History Month Celebration, San Francisco City Hall, February 1, 2011
  • California Minority Counsel, Justice & Diversity in the Legal Profession, February 2, 2011
  • Graduation at Youth Chance High School, Turning Challenges into Success, May 25, 2011
  • Inn of Courts, Lack of Diversity in the Legal Profession

awards

  • Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, 2013
  • CEDAW Women's Human Rights Award for Violence Prevention, 2013
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Merit Award, 2012
  • Power of One, Political Advocate Award, 2011
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Barristers Club Diversity Committee Recipient, 2011
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Diversity Advocacy Award, 2011
  • Golden Gate Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Joseph G. Kennedy Social Service Award, 2011
  • Charles Houston Bar Association, Benjamin Travis Community Service Award, 2008
  • San Francisco Unified School District, Jobs for Youth Award (Access Government Program), 2007
  • Golden Gate University, Outstanding Employer (Access Government Program), 2006
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, California Super Lawyer, 2004 & 2005
  • Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Outstanding Legal Teacher, 2000

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

  • Overcoming Obstacles and Turning Challenges into Success, Rocket Fuel, Redwood City. 
  • Bay Area Urban Debate League Gala Dinner, A Career in Communications
  • Televised Black History Month Celebration, San Francisco City Hall, February 1, 2011
  • California Minority Counsel, Justice & Diversity in the Legal Profession, February 2, 2011
  • Graduation at Youth Chance High School, Turning Challenges into Success, May 25, 2011
  • Inn of Courts, Lack of Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Music Mural and Arts Project’s Teen Mural Program unveiling, August 15, 2013
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CONFERENCES

  • NACOLE's 23rd Annual Conference, Moderator for panel, "Organizational Transformation of Law Enforcement Agencies through the DOJ COPS Collaborative Reform Technical Assistance Program," September 10-14, 2017
  • Aspen Institute, Is Law and Order Out of Order? Reshaping Policing and Incarceration for the 21st Century, July 19-21, 2017
  • The 28th Annual Conference on Counseling & Treating People of Colour, Stony Brook University, December 7-10, 2014
  • ABA Panelist: Section of State and Local Government Law, American Bar Association, Denver, CO, October 9-12, 2014
  • California Employment Law Update 2014, Practising Law Institute, September 16, 2014
  • Council on Foundations, Public Private Partnerships in Juvenile Justice, Chicago, IL, April 7-9, 2013
  • AKA National Convention, Developing Economic Strategies for the AA Community
  • Western Regional BLSA Leadership Conference, Career Development for Minority Attorneys, October 20, 2012