Events

Critical Race Theory in Classrooms: The American Dilemma

Date: September 28, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM

This program will address the heightened community conversations about critical race theory, school curriculum, and anti-racist education. Please join our panel of experts as they define and contextualize critical race theory as a pedagogical tool, examine and review teaching race and history in K-12 curriculum, and discuss legislative attempts to target or ban CRT and the First Amendment/academic freedom implications in K-12 and higher education.

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The Pathological Whiteness of Criminal Law

Date: October 6, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

This is a monthly series highlighting recent criminal justice scholarship. This month features scholarship from Dr. I. India Thusi, Professor at Indiana Bloomington Maurer School of Law.

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Conflicts of Interest in Rural Criminal Justice

Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center presents our STAR (Small, Tribal, and Rural) Justice Series. This series seeks to highlight an array of distinctive criminal justice issues affecting small, tribal, and rural areas across the United States. Details are forthcoming.

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Punishing Disobedience

Date: November 3, 2021

Time: 2:30 PM

October's CJR Scholarship Workshop Series features Professor Cynthia Godsoe. She teaches courses in family law, criminal law, children and the law, professional responsibility, and public interest lawyering at Brooklyn Law School. Her recent work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal Forum, Tulane Law Review, and California Law Review Circuit, among others. The media, including The New York Times and Time Magazine, have consulted Professor Godsoe on juvenile justice and family law issues.

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Fighting Time: Trauma, Justice, and Healing | A Book Talk with Dr. Amy Banks and Mr. Isaac Knapper

Date: November 4, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM

Please join us in November for the launch of the upcoming book, "Fighting Time," co-authored by renowned psychologist, Dr. Amy Banks, and exoneree, Mr. Isaac Knapper.

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Discredited Data

Date: June 2, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center presents a monthly series highlighting recent criminal justice scholarship. Speakers present and workshop timely scholarship to a small group of academics, practitioners, and stakeholders to solicit feedback and constructive critique about their ongoing work.

This month features scholarship from Professor Ngozi Okidegbe at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Completing Expungment

Date: May 5, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center presents a monthly series highlighting recent criminal justice scholarship. Speakers present and workshop timely scholarship to a small group of academics, practitioners, and stakeholders to solicit feedback and constructive critique about their ongoing work.

This month features scholarship from Professor Brian M. Murray from Seton Hall Law School.

Indigent Defense

Date: April 28, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

Featuring Professor Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe, Acting Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law, and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court 

Please join us for part five of the SMU Law Review’s virtual symposium series, which features professors and practitioners in conversation about criminal legal reform.

Hosted by the Deason Center, and facilitated by Professor Pamela Metzger, Professor Joe and Chief Justice McCormack will discuss indigent defense and preview their symposium essays, which will appear in Issue 74.3 of the SMU Law Review.

Prosecution Reform

Date: April 22, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

Featuring Professor Kay Levine, Professor of Law, Emory Law School, Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution, and Liz Komar, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Fair and Just Prosecution

Please join us for part four of the SMU Law Review’s virtual symposium series, which features professors and practitioners in conversation about criminal legal reform.

Hosted by the Deason Center, and facilitated by Professor Pamela Metzger, Professor Levine joins Ms. Krinsky and Ms. Komar to discuss prosecution reform and preview their symposium essays, which will appear in Issue 74.3 of the SMU Law Review.

Bail Reform

Date: April 15, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

Featuring Professor Shima B. Baughman, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, University of Utah College of Law, and Amanda Woog, Executive Director, Texas Fair Defense Project

Please join us for part three of the SMU Law Review’s virtual symposium series, which features professors and practitioners in conversation about criminal legal reform.

Hosted by the Deason Center, and facilitated by Professor Pamela Metzger, Professor Baughman and Ms.Woog will discuss bail reform and preview their symposium essays, which will appear in Issue 74.3 of the SMU Law Review.

Racial Injustice

Date: April 1, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

Professor Bennett Capers, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham University School of Law, and Somil Trivedi, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, join Professor Pamela Metzger for a discussion of racial injustices in the criminal legal system.

Police Accountability

Date: March 25, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

Professor Kami Chavis, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University School of Law, and Walter Katz, Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures, talk with Professor Pamela Metzger about police accountability. 

Understanding McGirt v. Oklahoma: Tribal Sovereignty and Federal Courts

Date: March 17, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM

In McGirt v. Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee Creek Nation and resolved jurisdictional questions about crimes committed in Indian Country. An expert panel discusses this historic decision and explores its implications for tribal sovereignty, federal courts, and the right to counsel.