EPIC Breakthrough Breakfast

Mark your calendars for the next Breakthrough Breakfast that will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at 9:00 a.m.  The Breakfast will be held at SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI) located at 755 South Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. The Breakthrough Breakfast series is an educational series organized by EPIC’s Advocacy Committee and designed to educate service providers and others in the community on a variety of topics that have the potential to impact youth substance abuse.

We are completing our series on Societal Influences on Youth Substance Abuse. Our final breakfast in the series will focus on Advocating for Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform. Our discussion will be led by Mae C. Quinn, Director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis.

All are welcome to attend, but we ask that you RSVP by no later than Friday, October 13th so we can get an accurate head count for breakfast.  You may RSVP by replying to this email or calling 573-587-1921.  All are also encouraged to stay for EPIC’s regularly scheduled coalition meeting that will take place immediately following the breakfast event. Click here to see the minutes from our last meeting. Thanks to SADI for allowing us to utilize their great space.

We hope to see you there!

Speaker Bio   
Mae C. Quinn, Director
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Social Justice Center

Mae C. Quinn, Director, has been a public interest lawyer and litigator for approximately 20 years. Most recently she was a professor at Washington University School of Law where she founded and directed the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic.

Between 2009 to 2016, Quinn’s clinic provided zealous defense representation to youthful clients in Missouri’s courts while shedding light on system deficiencies and engaging in criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts. Quinn and her students challenged due process deprivations, right to counsel concerns, and unconstitutional sentencing practices.

Quinn’s writing has been cited by advocates and academics alike. It calls attention to legal issues facing vulnerable populations in Missouri, and the disproportionate impact of problematic policing and prosecution practices on communities of color. She has been published in top law journals. Her advocacy efforts have been highlighted by national and international press outlets including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, St. Louis American, and public radio and television here and abroad.

To advance criminal and juvenile justice reform in Missouri, she has proudly partnered with local organizations like Metropolitan Congregations United and national allies including the National Juvenile Defender Center, National Juvenile Justice Network, Juvenile Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative, and Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth.

Quinn has trained lawyers and law students across the country, including as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University. She also served as a New York City appellate defender, a trial attorney with Bronx Defenders, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, United States District Court, EDNY.


Joining together in a common effort to build a healthy and safe community, reducing the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs while promoting the healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth in Southeast Missouri.