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CLDJ Dinner, 2008

Annual CLDJ Dinner

Race & Crime: Spring 2009 theme

Co-sponsors: American Democracy Project, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, World Issues Forum

 

About the theme

This spring the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice is focusing broadly of issues of "Race and Crime." Our five speakers will address some of the key questions of our times about how people of color, both new immigrants, and African Americans, interact with the American legal system.

 

  • How can undocumented students assert their constitutional right to an education which living with the constant fear of deportation?
  • How has undocumented immigration become ever more criminalized since 2001 although detained immigrants are denied the due process afforded to those charged with crimes?
  • How has the Supreme Court allowed for peremptory traffic stops of persons including immigrants and African Americans despite serious constitutional questions about racial profiling?
  • In our cities, how did African Americans engage in community policing at the height of the "War on Drugs"?
  • Also in the context of drug law enforcement, why have such forms of urban social control as banishment reemerged?

 

CLDJ presents World Issues Forum : "Immigration Outside the Law"

Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA Law School

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 12:00 Fairhaven Auditorium


How do we think about illegal or undocumented immigration?  Why are some voices so vehement, while many remain ambivalent and uncertain?  What will durable, politically viable solutions require?  To answer these questions, Hiroshi Motomura will discuss three key issues in public debate: what it means for immigrants to be here unlawfully, the role of states and cities, and the integration of immigrants into U.S. society.  He then will explore how these issues are intertwined in ways that are essential to finding solutions.

Bio: Hiroshi Motomura is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and an influential teacher and scholar of immigration and citizenship law.  He is a co-author of two immigration-related casebooks widely used in law school courses, and his many articles and essays are among the most cited in the field.  Hiroshi's comprehensive study of U.S. immigration policy, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States (Oxford University Press 2006), won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award from the Association of American Publishers as the year's best book in Law and Legal Studies, and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for its Suggested Reading List for Foreign Service Officers. 
Hiroshi has testified as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, has served as co-counsel or a volunteer consultant in several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appeals courts, has been a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and is one of the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN).  Most recently, he served as an Advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team's Working Group on Immigration Policy. 

Thursday April 30th 5:00pm
Immigration Songs Potluck: Folk Music Experience, World Issues, and Law, Diversity & Justice students join Hiroshi to share immigration songs and food

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"Tradition as a Suspect Justification:  The Case of
Different-sex marriage"

Kim Forde-Mazrui, University Virginia School of Law

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
10:00 a.m. Fairhaven College 314

Ruling Out the Rule of Law: The Case of the Peremptory Traffic Stop.

2:00 p.m. AW 204

 

Traffic enforcement is a context in which laws are both specific and subject to discretionary enforcement. Forde-Mazrui argues that the Supreme Court's response to specific-rule discretion is inadequate. The Court fails to appreciate that antidiscrimination review is inherently ineffective when applied to broadly discretionary decisions. Judicial checks on specific-rule enforcement are required to maintain a balance between individual liberty and crime control in a constitutional regime committed to the rule of law.

Bio: Kim Forde-Mazrui is the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor in Law and Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His research interests include race and criminal procedure, race in the child placement process, affirmative action, and reparations.

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"African Americans and the Politics of Community Policing, 1985-2000"

Wilson Edward Reed of Matteo Ricci College, Seattle University

Tuesday May 12th - 5:00pm CF 105

What were the expectations and experiences of African Americans with community oriented policing programs during this important period of the War Against Drugs?  He will be discussing his Community Policing Handbook: How to Do It!

Wilson Edward Reed was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi on a family farm and educated in segregated school systems in a close knit rural community. Dr. Reed has taught at colleges and universities in the northwest, northeast, and southwest regions of the U.S. His book The Politics of Community Policing: The Case of Seattle, published in 1999, is considered the leading review of the subject in law enforcement.  He frequently lectures in the Seattle area on Policing youth, diversity issues, Poverty in America, and domestic violence and has taught for 10 years in the Matteo Ricci Program and the Global African Studies Program at Seattle University. Dr. Reed is also a Criminal Justice Consultant for the Washington Department of Social Health Services.

 

"Banished: Social Control in the Contemporary American City"

Katherine Beckett Professor of Sociology and Law, Societies and Justice Program
University of Washington

Monday May 18th - 7:00-8:20 pm, AW 204

Legally imposed spatial exclusion - banishment - is a (re)emerging social control practice. Although the new social control techniques that entail banishment are touted by proponents as alternatives to punishment, they are punitive in nature. Civil and administrative banishment appears to fuel criminal justice expansion, and to render its targets more likely to be punished. Analysts of punishment should broaden their focus to include phenomena that combine civil, criminal, and legal authority and are not defined as punishment by their advocates.

Bio: Katherine Beckett is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Law, Societies & Justice Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Katherine received her Ph.D. from UCLA's Department of Sociology in 1994. Her research interests include policy responses to crime and drug use, socio-legal studies, punishment, and social control. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics, including several articles analyzing the political-economic causes and consequences of the expansion of the social control apparatus in industrialized democracies. She is the author of two books: The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America (with Theodore Sasson, Sage Publications) and Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics (Oxford University Press) on these topics.

 


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