UST Law Journal Fall Symposium: Protests & Reform

Date and time: 
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:00 to 17:30
Virtual - Evenbrite

About this Event

George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, sparking global protests and civil unrest. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative and Minneapolis NAACP, the University of St. Thomas Law Journal will convene a symposium to examine how lawmakers and the legal profession have responded – and should respond – to demands for change in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. Through dialogue among legislators, academics, and legal practitioners, the symposium will facilitate discussion about systemic racism and our roles as advocates for equal justice, with forward-looking initiatives.

CLE credits have been applied for.


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Event Agenda

October 23, 2020 (times in CDT)

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction, Father Daniel Griffith

9:15 am – 9:45 am Fernando Travesí, International Center for Transitional Justice, "The Color of Justice: Transitional Justice and the Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the United States"

9:45 am – 10:45 am Dr. Yohuru Williams, “The Special Favorite of the Laws? Black Lives Matter Moments in American Constitutional and Legal History”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Address: Leslie Redmond, “Taking Action During a Global Health Pandemic and Combating Racial Inequities”

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Keynote Address: Cornell William Brooks, Harvard Kennedy School, Professor, and Director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm First Panel: State Legislative Reforms [Rena Moran, Leslie Herod, Cynthia Conti Cook], moderated by Rachel Moran

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Hon. Mark Bennet (Ret. U.S. District Judge), Drake Univ. Law School, Director, Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation, “Why Batson v. Kentucky Promotes Systemic Racism and What States Need to Do About It”

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Second Panel: The Role of Lawyers in Systemic Change [Sybil Dunlop, Eileen Kaufman, Jerry Blackwell, Corey Gordon], moderated by Marisa “Rita” Morgan and Sarah Williams

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks, Dean Vischer