W&L Law to Host Symposium on Race and the Criminal Justice System

Lexington, VA Wednesday, March 16, 2011

On Friday, March 18, the W&L Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice will host a symposium on race and criminal justice at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

The symposium will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The keynote address will be delivered by David Baugh, a capital defender with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.  His speech is titled "Structured Disenfranchisement of African Americans by the Criminal Justice System." In 2006, Baugh received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar for his work on numerous First Amendment cases, his defense of indigent criminal defendants in complex court-appointed cases, and his dedication to training other members of the defense bar through continuing legal education.

The first symposium panel will focus on race and traffic stops. Panelists include Aaron Haas, Oliver Hill Fellow at W&L Law, and Prof. Kami Chavis Simmons of Wake Forest University.  The second panel will focus on the impact of the drug war on minority communities.  Panelists include Prof. Erik Luna of W&L Law, Prof. Joseph Kennedy of the University of North Carolina School of Law, and Prof. Ron Bacigal of the University of Richmond School of Law. 

The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice is a research and reference publication focusing on legal issues that have an impact on racial and ethnic minorities. The Journal concentrates on legal realities and reports on developments in both statutory and case law in an effort to monitor their impact on minority communities. For more information, visit http://law.wlu.edu/crsj.

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