November 7, 2019

12:05 pm - 12:55 pm, Eastern Time

ACS Tampa: Promoting Progress: Opportunities and Obstacles to Prosecutor-led Reform

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL

In the last few election cycles, a number of progressive prosecutors have been elected in places like Chicago, Orlando, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, joining the ranks of progressive prosecutors in other cities. Reform-minded attorneys are also serving as line prosecutors in federal and state prosecutor offices across the country. These attorneys, many of whom are men and women of color, are seeking to leverage their roles as prosecutors to combat racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system.

Join the ACS Tampa Lawyer Chapter and the ACS Stetson University College of Law Student Chapter for a discussion with Hon. Aramis Ayala and others to hear about how prosecutors can use their discretion and influence to pursue racial and economic justice. What constraints, both legal and systemic, limit a prosecutor’s ability to achieve reform? What are the ethical obligations to pursue prosecutions, even in cases where the law disparately impacts people of color or the economically vulnerable?


Hon. Aramis Ayala, State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida