Friday: “Women’s Rights in the Criminal Justice System”

March 27, 2019

The American Criminal Law Review symposium explores experiences of women lawyers, police, suspects, prisoners and victims of crime

WASHINGTON – On Friday, March 29, Georgetown Law’s American Criminal Law Review will host an afternoon symposium on “Women’s Rights in the Criminal Justice System.”


In light of the #metoo social movement, the American Criminal Law Review is hosting its 2019 symposium on the intersectionality of women’s issues and criminal law. Leading women scholars and practitioners will discuss both crimes against women and how women experience the criminal justice system. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Law Domestic Violence Clinic, the Georgetown Law Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Georgetown Law Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic.


Friday, March 29, 2019
1:00 – 5:10 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks (ACLR editors) and Keynote

Women and Criminal Justice Disparities
Judge Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law

1:40 p.m. – Session 1: Women in the Criminal Justice System

“Can You Be a Feminist and a Criminal Defense Lawyer?”
Professor Abbe Smith, Georgetown Law

“Women in Securities as Law-Makers and Law-Breakers”
Professor Urska Velikonja, Georgetown Law

“Enforcing Selflessness: Motherhood and the Law”
Professor Jane Aiken, Georgetown Law

“Impact of Women in Law Enforcement on the Quality and Nature of Policing”
Professor Christy Lopez, Georgetown Law

3:30 p.m. – Session 2: Crimes Against Women

“Sexual Victimization of Women in Custody”
Professor Brenda Smith, American University Washington College of Law

“(In)Visible: Examining the Policing of Mentally Vulnerable Women of Color”
Dean Camille Nelson, American University Washington College of Law

“Criminalization of LGBTQ and Women of Color”
Andrea Ritchie, Barnard Center for Research on Women

“Violence Against Transgender Women”
Professor Cynthia Lee, George Washington Law

5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks


Georgetown Law
Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001


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