The symposium featured remarks by the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on the history of racism and racial violence justified by American courts and her proactive approach to administering justice in the judiciary as a member of the bench. The event also included powerful and solemn remarks by California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles on the burden police reform presents to the State legislature and her unrelenting policy efforts to address the issue of police violence and officer misconduct in communities of color.
The closing plenary discussed policy solutions and the work of civil rights organizations at the forefront of the issue, in addition to tips for moving forward. HRPLJ leaders had the opportunity to promote their own symposium which will take place at UC Hastings on November 6 in the Alumni Reception Center and will focus on the related topic of community empowerment in police reform. HRPLJ Symposium organizers hope that this event will provide a unique opportunity for Hastings and the entire Bay Area legal community to contribute to the important dialogue occurring across the nation and to present practical insights on current and proposed reform.
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