March 24, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Mountain Time

ACS Arizona: Batson Reform: Making Arizona Juries Representative

Please join the ACS Arizona Lawyer Chapter and the Arizona LGBT Bar as we present a panel on two innovative proposals pending in Arizona to reform jury selection to overcome racism and other discrimination not adequately addressed by current law. The first proposal, modeled on a Washington state court rule, would bar the use of peremptory challenges that any reasonable observer would think were motivated by any protected group status. It would also make presumptively invalid a host of voir dire questions aimed at the poor and people of color. The second proposal would bar peremptory challenges altogether. 

This event will feature:

Valena Beety, Professor of Law and Deputy Director of Academy for Justice; Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Hon. Paul McMurdie, Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One

Ethan Rice, Senior Attorney for the Fair Courts Project, Lambda Legal

Matei Tarail, Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona

Moderated by:

Randy McDonald, Supervising Clinic Attorney, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; Staff Attorney, Arizona Justice Project; President, Arizona LGBT Bar