Keynote speaker, A. Hasan Davis, will share his transformational journey from juvenile delinquent to Juris Doctor.
His journey begins as an Atlanta youth determined to stay one step ahead of the law. Following a pre-teen arrest and expulsion from alternative school, Hasan later earned his GED and decided to leave behind the life he knew well for one he could hardly imagine.
This journey would eventually lead him to Berea College, from where he was expelled twice as a student. Determined to prove that failure would not be his lasting legacy, he returned a third time, earning a bachelor’s degree at Berea College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Through his story, Hasan will provide an inside look into the education, justice and social service systems that fell short of providing the support needed for success. He will also share stories of the personal champions he met along the way. Through their efforts to engage, encourage and empower, he was able to transcend his mounting list of early struggles and “failures” to become a champion for youth.
Once labeled a troublemaker and delinquent, Hasan is now recognized for his professional and personal efforts to serve the needs of youth through education, juvenile justice and the arts.
He is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, an inductee into the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program, and an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow. He also serves on the Board of the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators and is a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network. In 2012, he became Kentucky’s fifth Commissioner of Juvenile Justice.