Indiana Law Review Symposium to Look for Justice in American Policing

The Indiana Law Review at IU McKinney will take on the topic “No Justice, No Peace: Finding Justice in American Policing” during the annual symposium. The event will take place in a Zoom format on March 26.

Professor Silva & Bre Robinson, ILR’s Symposium Editor

“The symposium topic is important because in the last year, community conversations about policing have only become more prevalent. These conversations have resulted in academics giving more attention to policing issues, as well as policy changes within policing across the United States. Understanding how our roles as attorneys and advocates can impact social and structural change within in our communities is very important,” said ILR Symposium Editor Bre Robinson. “This symposium will host a wide range of individuals to speak on these topics from different perspectives, giving everyone who attends a more robust understanding of the issues, and an opportunity to reflect and think about which direction our communities should go.”

In the photo are Professor Lahny Silva (left), who has an expertise in this area of law and worked with the students to plan the event, and Robinson.

After a welcome from Robinson and opening remarks from IU McKinney Dean Karen E. Bravo, attorney and organizer Andrea Ritchie will deliver the keynote address, “War on Black Women: Challenging Criminalization, Creating Community Safety.”

At the conclusion of Ritchie’s remarks, the first panel will discuss “Police Reform: From Prisons to the Streets, How Far We Have Come and How Far We Still Have to Go.” Professor Silva will moderate a discussion among Kami Chavis, Vice Provost and Professor of Law at Wake Forest Law and a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; SpearIt, Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law; Seth Stoughton, Associate Professor at South Carolina School of Law, former police officer and co-author of “Evaluating Police Uses of Force; and Katie Tinto, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine School of Law and a former public defender in Los Angeles County.

The program concludes with a panel discussion on “Defunding the Police: What it Means, What it Does, and Whether it Should be Realized.” Panelists are Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and author of “The End of Policing;” Page Fernandez, Policing Policy Advisor for the ACLU National Policing Advocacy Department; James Galiano, adjunct professor and doctoral candidate at St. John’s University and law enforcement analyst and policing methodology subject matter expert who served with the FBI for 25 years; and Keith “Wildstyle” Paschall, Indianapolis historian and activist and Central Indiana Community Foundation Ambassador. The talk will be moderated by award-winning multimedia journalist and community advocate Ebony Chappel.

To learn more and register for the program, which offers 3.0 hours of Indiana distance education, visit the IU McKinney website.

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