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Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice

NACDL's Presidential Summit & Seminar: "Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice" 

September 14-15, 2017
Detroit, Michigan
 

Race Matters in our criminal justice system. It affects what happens from initial contact with police on the street, to the end of the case and everything in between. As part of being effective advocates for our clients, criminal defense lawyers face the challenge of confronting the difficult issues presented by race in America. This inaugural Presidential Summit was designed to help practitioners identify and confront issues of racial bias in our courts, the law enforcement community, by prosecutors, and yes, even the defense team. Attendees heard from trial lawyers, academics, and formerly incarcerated individuals who offered their personal perspectives, strategies, and ideas on why Race Matters. This program was created to intentionally challenge you to push the envelope on your understanding of and willingness to attack racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Videos of presentations at the summit are available below, along with PDFs of any written materials associated with each presentation.

Seminar Faculty 

Itemad Angel Al Matar(Chicago, IL)
Ilham Askia
Executive Director, Gideon’s Promise, Inc.(Atlanta, GA)
Roy Austin, Jr
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, and Former Director, White House Office of Urban Affairs and Opportunity (Washington, DC)
Brandon Buskey
Criminal Law Reform Project, National ACLU (New York, NY)
Nusrat Choudhury
Racial Justice Program,National ACLU(New York, NY)
Jonathan Dale
(Atlanta, GA)
Amanda David
Assistant Federal Defender, E.D. of New York (New York, NY)
Angela J. Davis
Professor of Law, American University College of Law (Washington, DC)
Kyana Givens
Assistant Federal Defender (Seattle, WA)
Rahsaan D. Hall
Director, Racial Justice Program,Massachusetts ACLU (Boston, MA)
Marc Mauer
Executive Director, The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC)
Nancy L. McGunn
Federal Defender Office (Detroit, MI)
L. Song Richardson
Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Jeffery Robinson
Deputy Legal Director, National ACLU (New York, NY)
Cynthia Roseberry
(Washington, DC)
Martin A. Sabelli
Attorney at Law (San Francisco, CA)
Alexander Shalom 
Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)
Alison Siegler
Clinical Law Professor, University of Chicago Law School (Chicago, IL)
David Singleton
Executive Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center (Cincinnati, OH)
Colette Tvedt
Attorney at Law (Denver, CO) 

 

 

September 14, 2017 

Opening Remarks by NACDL President Rick Jones 

 

“History of Race in America” presented by Jeffery Robinson (View PDF)

 

“The Myth of Colorblind Justice” presented by L. Song Richardson (View PDF)

 

“Arrest” presented by Alexander Shalom (View PDF)

 

“Charging Decisions” presented by Angela J. Davis (View PDF)

 

“Voir Dire” presented by Kyana Givens & Martin Sabelli (View PDF)

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Keynote Address presented by Roy Austin, Jr. 

 

 

September 15, 2017 

“Bond” presented by Brandon Buskey & Colette Tvedt (View PDF)

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“Race Data Matters” presented by Rahsaan D. Hall & Alison Siegler (View PDF)

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“Sentencing” presented by Marc Mauer & Nancy L. McGunn (View PDF)

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“Challenging Debtors' Prisons” presented by Nusrat Choudhury (View PDF)

 

“Collateral Consequences” presented by David Singleton & Amanda David (View PDF)

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