Professor Kimberly Norwood will address the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, MO and what it reflects for Ferguson and other communities, like Chicago, where the law enforcement issues and economic injustices persist. She will examine the common themes of these challenges and what lawyers can do to recognize them and make impactful change. The harm of unconscious racial biases in society and the work faced by disenfranchised communities that need to be addressed by public education, housing, and the municipal court systems will also be covered.
A panel of prominent CBA members will question Professor Norwood about the critical points of intervention and resources for lawyers who want to understand how to become active change agents, aid in restoring justice, and to help recalibrate the impact unconscious racial and ethnic biases that are embedded in our society and legal system.
Kimberly Norwood, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law and Author of Ferguson’s Fault Lines: the Race Quake That Rocked a Nation, published by the ABA in 2016.
Steven M. Elrod, Partner, Holland & Knight; President, The Chicago Bar Association
Maryam Ahmad, Chief of the Juvenile Justice Bureau for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; Second Vice President, The Chicago Bar Association
Ronald Kramer, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw; Chairman, American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law
Adam Sheppard, Sheppard Law Firm P.C.
Rev. Janette Wilson-Howard, Esq., National Director of PUSH Excel
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