Daryl V. Atkinson

Co-director, Forward Justice

Civil and Human Rights Attorney

Daryl V. Atkinson is an experienced civil and human rights attorney and member of the JustLeadershipUSA Advisory Board. Mr. Atkinson was the Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) where he focused on criminal justice reform issues, particularly removing the legal barriers triggered by contact with the criminal justice system. Prior to his tenure at SCSJ, Mr. Atkinson was a staff attorney at the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) where he helped develop the Collateral Consequence Assessment Tool (C-CAT), an online searchable database that allows the user to identify the collateral consequences triggered by North Carolina convictions. Most notably in 2014, Mr. Atkinson was recognized by the White House as a “Reentry and Employment Champion of Change” for his extraordinary work to facilitate employment opportunities for people with criminal records. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Benedict College, Columbia, SC and a J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN.