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November 05, 2020

ABA webinar explores the state of race, police brutality and gun violence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2020 —The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “The State of Race, Police Brutality and Gun Violence in America,” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 2-3:30 p.m. EST.

As the list of victims who have died across the country as a result of police brutality and gun violence continues to grow, this program brings together elected officials, victims, law enforcement, policymakers, and advocacy organizations to discuss ongoing issues and solutions.

The webinar is sponsored by the  ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the ABA Standing Committee on Gun Violence.     

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Carlson, associate professor, School of Sociology and School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona
  • Dwayne Crawford, executive director, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
  • Lee Merritt, founder, Merritt Law Firm, Chicago
  • Joseph Popcun, director of Policy and Practice, Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany, New York
  • Michael Sierra-Arévalo, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kevin Tarver, father of Darius Tarver, a University of North Texas student shot and killed by Denton, Texas police in January
  • Angela Adkins Downes, moderator, assistant director, Experiential Education and professor of Practice Law, UNT Dallas College of Law

To register for the program, click here.

The program will be recorded, and the link will be shared with all registrants. For media registration, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

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