Police/State: Race, Power & Control

November 18, 2015 —


The Georgetown Law Journal's Volume 104 Symposium — "Police/State: Race, Power, and Control" — goes beyond the headlines to examine America’s excessive reliance on criminal law and alternative approaches to the creation of a just society. The symposium brings together legal scholars, practitioners and social activists to identify and analyze underlying causes of and potential solutions to the crisis of racialized police violence in America. Georgetown Law Professor Allegra McLeod will introduce the event and frame the day’s discussion, and Professor Paul Butler will deliver the keynote address. There will be panels on policing “second-class” citizens, the intersections between diverse identity groups in their interactions with police, demographic diversity and institutional racism, and technology and police accountability.

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Friday, November 20, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001


8:30-9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:25 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Allegra McLeod, Georgetown University Law Center

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Panel 1: Policing “Second-Class” Citizens
Moderated by Jonathan M. Smith, UDC School of Law
Jeffrey Fagan and Elliot Ash, keynote speakers, Columbia University Law School
Alec Karakatsanis, commenter, Equal Justice Under Law
Fiona Doherty, commenter, Yale Law School
Janel George, commenter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Intersectionality in the Police State
Moderated by Arjun Sethi, Georgetown University Law Center
Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, keynote speakers, University of Alabama School of Law
Justin Hansford, commenter, St. Louis University School of Law
Jill M. Humphries, commenter, NLG Mass Defense Committee
Andrea Ritchie, commenter, Streetwise and Safe

1:10-1:45 P.M.
Keynote Address by Paul ButlerGeorgetown University Law Center

1:45-3:15 P.M.
Panel 3: Demographic Diversity and Institutional Racism
Moderated by Anthony Cook, Georgetown University Law Center
Devon Carbado, keynote speaker, UCLA School of Law
Monique Dixon, commenter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Hon. Stephen J. Sfekas, commenter, Circuit Court for Baltimore City

3:30-5:00 P.M.
Panel 4: Technology and Police Accountability
Jocelyn Simonson
, keynote speaker, Brooklyn Law School
Moderated by David ColeGeorgetown University Law Center
Cynthia Conti-Cook, commenter, NY Legal Aid Society Special Litigation Unit
Delroy Burton, commenter, D.C. Metropolitan Police Union
G. Scott Hulsey, commenter, Senior Counsel to Deputy Attorney General of the United States
Dante Barry, commenter, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice

5:00-5:15 P.M.
Closing Remarks
Dean William M. TreanorGeorgetown University Law Center


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