The American Constitution Society and the National Bar Association hosted a panel discussion: The Power to Promote Progress: Opportunities and Limits to Prosecutors Seeking Reform on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
The panel discussed how progressive 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. The speakers explore the following questions: How can prosecutors 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?
, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP; former United States Solicitor General, keynote
Roger A. Fairfax, Jr.
, Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School; former Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, moderator
, State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; former Assistant United States Attorney, District of Columbia
, Appellate Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division
, Partner, DLA Piper; former Deputy Attorney General, State of Maryland
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