Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights
3:00pm - 3:30pm Registration
3:30pm - 5:30pm Program
5:30pm - 7:30pm Optional Diversity Week Hosted Reception
Afternoon snacks with beverage service provided
Course Materials will be emailed prior to program
Seattle University School of Law’s Lawyering in a Diverse World Series and the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System present "Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights". This CLE program will include an engaging discussion on police accountability in light of the increasing number of incidents and reports of police misconduct. A reception following the CLE will provide a forum to discuss how attorneys and community members can respond to civil rights violations and racial bias in the criminal justice system.
Introduction and Welcome – Professor Robert Chang, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
Overview of Issues and Developments Concerning Bias in the Criminal Justice System – Jennifer Shaw, ACLU
• What is “racial profiling” and why does it matter?
• What does “police accountability” mean in light of recent Seattle police incidents?
• Recent developments for improving policy accountability in WA State
SPD Policies & Procedures
Washington’s marijuana laws disproportionately impact African Americans
Civil Litigation Strategies – Lorena González, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
• Nuts and bolts of section 1983 litigation
• Administrative complaint process
• Practice tips for handling plaintiff cases involving allegations of police misconduct
Reading & Resource List
Free Doc Library Website
Preservation Letter Form
Criminal Defense Strategies – Colette Tvedt, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
• Defense strategies for criminal defendants who are victims of police misconduct
Q & A and Closing – Judge Steven González, WA Access to Justice Board
Diversity Week Reception-2nd Floor Gallery
Lawyering in a Diverse World series provides relevant, real-world workshops on issues of diversity to empower lawyers for a just and humane world. The workshops are designed to create awareness and empower you with skills and tools on a variety of issues related to diversity, and ultimately give law students and lawyers the competitive edge for effective lawyering in our increasingly diverse and complex world.
The Task Force on Race and Criminal Justice System was formed after a meeting was called to discuss racial bias in the criminal justice system which was prompted by the remarks of two WA State Supreme Justices. The task force includes prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, minority bar association leaders, court and governor-appointed commission members, judges, law schools, and others.
2.0 CLE Credits Approved
$ 50.00 General Registration
$ 30.00 Employed by Non-Profit or Gov't Entity
$ 25.00 Discounted rate for SU Law Alumni
Non-Profits, Gov't Entities, Firms and Groups may contact the CLE Office for group discounts by calling 206-398-4233. Group discounts must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.
SU Law Recent Grads may contact the Alumni Office to request need-based fee waivers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Fee waivers must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.
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