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Yale Law School Professor James Forman Jr., who taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, delivered the 2018-2019 Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture on November 15.

Professor James Forman Jr. on "Locking Up Our Own: Race, Class, and the Politics of Mass Incarceration"

November 20, 2018 Civil Rights & Antidiscrimination Race & Law Criminal Law Juveniles

When James Forman Jr., a former Georgetown Law and current Yale Law faculty member, was working as a public defender in Washington, D.C., in the 1990s, he represented a 15-year-old client named Brandon who had pled guilty to gun and marijuana possession. Forman was requesting probation; the prosecutor wanted Brandon sent to Oak Hill, D.C.’s now-notorious juvenile facility. The judge chose Oak Hill — to Forman’s fury. The same racial injustice that motivated him to become a public defender, he realized, was being used to lock his client away.

Dean William M. Treanor (second left), the Office of Alumni Affairs and Theater of Law Productions presented a reading from Aeschylus’ Eumenides in Hart Auditorium on November 14, with actors Obi Abili (left), Linda Powell (center), David Straithairn (second right) and Elizabeth Marvel (right). Professors Paul Butler, Naomi Mezey, Sherally Munshi and Julie O'Sullivan gave their reactions to the classic Greek play, which depicts the first murder trial in western culture, to start a conversation about morality and justice.

Performing Justice

November 19, 2018 Feminism & Gender Studies Criminal Law Faculty/Staff Entertainment

The jury is still out (so to speak) on whether justice was served Wednesday night at Georgetown Law’s Hart Auditorium. But those who witnessed — and participated in — the Theater of Law production of a scene from Aeschylus’ Eumenides could all agree that the night was a moving and thought-provoking success.

ICAP’s Mary McCord Affirms Constitutionality of Portland’s Proposed Protest Safety Ordinance

November 14, 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of a Wednesday public hearing and vote on the City of Portland’s proposed Protest Safety Ordinance, Mary McCord, Senior Litigator at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), submitted a statement to the Portland City Council, on behalf of ICAP, opining on the constitutionality of the ordinance and endorsing its intention to protect free speech and public safety.

Nov. 14: National Security Cases to Watch

November 12, 2018 Press Releases

WHAT Leading experts will discuss the most interesting issues related to national security in the courts today. Topics to include: the impact of the Trump administration and Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court on current cases; surveillance…