The Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) Workshop Series offers academics a monthly forum for discussing works-in-progress. Offered virtually in 2020 and 2021, the series connects early-career and senior scholars with practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders. Work presented in this series has been published in law reviews and in peer-reviewed journals.
Doing the Work (DTW) is a curated series of presentations that add context to emerging national conversations about social and criminal justice. As they learn how to get involved in criminal legal reform, participants are challenged to reconsider important questions about race, equity, and bias in the criminal legal system.
The Center's monthly Deason Discussion series provides an informal and interactive opportunity for members of the SMU Dedman Law School community to explore ‘hot topics’ in criminal legal reform. At each event, an experienced attorney describes their work, summarizes relevant legal issues, and engages students in a lively group discussion.
The Indigent Defense Research Association (IDRA) is a community of practitioners, researchers, funders, and policy analysts committed to improving public defense through research and data. The Center hosts IDRA’s monthly webinars and provides logistical support for its annual meetings at the American Society of Criminology.
From its annual Rural Criminal Justice Summit, to its pop-up lectures on current events, the Deason Center engages a wide range of communities and individuals. Celebrities like Van Jones, best-selling authors like Brittany Barnett, and frontline criminal law practitioners contribute to a diverse programming agenda.