Events

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.

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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.

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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.

 

The Death Penalty, the Pandemic, and Future Practical Challenges

Date: March 11, 2021

Time: 12:15 PM

Shawn Nolan, Chief of the Capital Habeas Unit and Community Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, discusses the future of the death penalty. Mr. Nolan also explores how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the future of the federal death penalty.