June 6, 2020
A History of Violence: Institutional Racism in Our Criminal Legal System
On June 5, 2020, the American Constitution Society, the National Bar Association, and the Society of American Law Teachers, held a discussion about the institutional and systemic racism within our criminal legal system that leads to disproportionate police violence against black and brown people and against the protesters who take to the streets demanding change, and the ways we can address it.
The killing of George Floyd is not a singular or unique event. Nationally, black people are three times as likely as white people to be killed by police, with even more people of color surviving police violence but suffering grievous physical and emotional injuries that reverberate throughout their communities.
Russ Feingold, President, American Constitution Society
Alfreda Robinson, President & CEO, National Bar Association; Associate Dean & Director, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program, George Washington University Law School
Justin Hansford, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University School of Law
Taja-Nia Henderson, Dean, Rutgers Graduate School – Newark; Professor, Rutgers Law School
Teressa Ravenell, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Christopher Wright Durocher, Senior Director of Policy & Program, American Constitution Society, Moderator