The recent killing of George Floyd symbolized a tipping point in a long, painful history of police brutality against Black Americans. Millions of citizens around the world were galvanized to protest, petition, and challenge our public officials. Despite this global shift in consciousness, Black Americans continue to be killed at the hands of police. The UConn Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is committed to awareness and empowerment as we strive for meaningful change in the current legal system and state of policing. We invite you to join us for a virtual town hall entitled "Path to Progress: Our Role in Dismantling Systems of Oppression" where we will discuss how future lawyers can actively work toward racial justice in our daily lives.
After opening remarks from BLSA President Dorianne Salmon, UConn Law Professor Jamelia Morgan will moderate a panel of scholars and attorneys in a timely and important discussion of current events. The town hall will close with a Q&A period and open dialogue.
Our esteemed panelists include:
- Professor Noel Cazenave, UConn Storrs Department of Sociology, Affiliate Faculty of the Africana Studies Institute, and Author of Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism.
- Attorney DeVaughn L. Ward ’11 of Ward Law LLC whose practice focuses on prisoner constitutional rights violations and criminal law.
- Attorney Elana Bildner, Staff Attorney of the ACLU of Connecticut who previously worked as a civil litigator and a Senior Clinical Fellow at Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Civil Justice Clinic.