Monday, March 1, 2021

Symposium on Policing in America


On March 26, 2021, the Indiana Law Review virtual Symposium, No Justice, No Peace: Finding Justice in American Policing, will explore the ways in which the Black Lives Matter Movement has precipitated both discussions and direct action to make changes to policing in America. From Ferguson in 2014 to today, activists and advocates are making stronger and more direct calls for changes in the role police play in our communities, especially communities of color. The wake of Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s deaths, communities all across the country are holding public discussions about power and policing. This symposium will explore the impacts of policing for minority groups, how policing has changed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and whether the calls to defund the police should be realized.

The schedule is listed below and can be found at the symposium webpage here.

Symposium Schedule: 10:00 AM ET – 1:20PM ET (3 hours CLE available)

10:00 AM – 10:05, Welcome – Bre Robinson, Indiana Law Review Symposium Editor

10:05-10:10 AM, Opening Remarks – Dean Karen E. Bravo, IU McKinney School of Law

10:10 – 11:10 AM

War on Black Women: Challenging Criminalization, Creating Community Safety
Keynote Speaker, Andrea Ritchie, immigrant police misconduct attorney and organizer.

11:10 – 11:15 AM


11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Police Reform: From Prisons to the Streets, How Far We Have Come and How Far We Still Have to Go

  • Kami Chavis, Vice Provost/Professor for Academic Initiatives at Wake Forest Law. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
  • SpearIt, Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
  • Seth Stoughton, Associate Professor at South Carolina School of Law. Co-author of Evaluating Police Uses of Force. Former police officer with the Tallahassee Police Department.
  • Katie Tinto, Clinical Professor at University California Irvine School of Law. Former public defender in Los Angeles County.
  • Moderator: Lahny Silva, criminal law professor at IU McKinney School of Law.

12:15 – 12:20 PM


12:20 – 1:20 PM

Defunding the Police: What it Means, What it Does, and Whether it Should be Realized

  • Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College. Author of The End of Policing.
  • Paige Fernandez, Policing Policy Advisor for the ACLU National Political Advocacy Department.
  • James Gagliano, law enforcement analyst and policing methodology subject matter expert for CNN. Adjunct assistant professor and doctoral candidate at St. John’s University. Served with the FBI for 25 years.
  • Keith “Wildstyle” Paschall, Indianapolis historian and activist. Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) Ambassador.
  • Moderator: Ebony Chappel, award-winning multimedia journalist and community advocate.


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