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August 25, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

The State of Criminal Justice Reform: What Role Do You Play?

As the criminal justice system comes under increased scrutiny, so too does each profession that has operated within and supported a system that has evolved into a catalyst for infringement on human rights, abuse of civil rights, and an escalation of social unrest and civil disobedience. Is the criminal justice system doing exactly what it was designed to do, or has it morphed into something very different? This webinar explores the role that state legislators, police, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system have played in our current system. It delves into the seemingly impenetrable barriers to criminal justice reform, as well as steps toward progress that have been made. We also examine whether there is a moral responsibility to assert our respective positions in active pursuit of requisite changes.


  • Ben Crump, President and Founder, Ben Crump Law
  • Tricia "CK" Hoffler, Immediate Past President, National Bar Association; CEO, The CK Hoffler Firm
  • Ariana M. Guzmán-Garcia, U.S. Probation Officer, U.S. Probation Office for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Tamara F. Lawson, Dean and Professor of Law, St. Thomas University College of Law
  • Brittney Reed, Assistant Public Defender, East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender


  • Dr. Cynthia Swann, Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsor: ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

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