The Journal of Law and Social Policy’s 9th Annual Symposium

Police in America: Ensuring Accountability and Mitigating Racial Bias

Tentative Schedule of Events:
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Introductory Remarks
10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Professor Peery introduction and presentation
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Litigation panel
12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Attendees select lunch. A variety of meal options will be available in Thorne Lobby, and can be brought inside the auditorium for the keynote address.
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Professor Paul Butler keynote address
1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Break
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Policy panel
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Organizing panel
4:45 p.m. - Concluding remarks
5:00 p.m. - Reception

Event Descriptions


Professor Paul Butler

A professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and author of the widely-reviewed "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice." Professor Butler is one of the nation's most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice.


Moderator: Locke E. Bowman, Clinical Professor of Law and Executive Director, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (Chicago)

Litigating Police Misconduct: Does the Litigation Process Matter? Does it Work?

This panel will discuss the role of civil and criminal litigation in bringing about accountability for police excesses and reform of flawed police practices.


  • G. Flint Taylor, Founding Partner, People’s Law Office (Chicago, IL)
  • Samuel E. Adam Jr., Founder of The Law Offices of Samuel E. Adam (Chicago, IL)
  • Brigitt Keller, Executive Director, National Police Accountability Project (New York, NY)
  • Craig B. Futterman, Clinical Professor, University of Chicago
  • Jamie Kalven, Writer and Executive Director, Invisible Institute (Chicago)


Moderator: Alexa A. Van Brunt, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (Chicago)

Reforming the Ranks: Policy Initiatives to Ensure Police Accountability & Improve Police and Community Relations

This panel will explore various local and national policy initiatives aimed at reforming police conduct by improving police interactions with the community, ensuring citizen oversight of police activity, and decreasing arrest and incarceration rates, particularly of youth and people of color.


  • Ursula Price, Deputy Police Monitor, Independent Police Monitor (New Orleans, LA)
  • Lisa Thurau, Founder and Executive Director, Strategies for Youth (Baltimore, MD)
  • Kyung-Ji Rhee, Deputy Director, Center for NULeadership on Urban Solutions (New York, NY)
  • Tracy Siska, Executive Director, Chicago Justice Project


Moderator: Sheila A. Bedi, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (Chicago)

Building Movement: Racial Justice, Transformative Justice & Reimagined Policing

During this panel, community organizers and attorneys will discuss how efforts to reform police practices fit into the broader struggle for racial justice. Panelists will discuss organizing theories of change, strategies, and tactics. Panelists will explore how attorneys and organizers working on police misconduct issues can develop collaborations that will help build long-term, sustainable movements.


  • Page May, Organizer, We Charge Genocide (Chicago, IL)
  • Joey Mogul, Partner, People’s Law Office (Chicago, IL)
  • Thena Robinson Mock, Project Director of the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign (Washington, D.C.)
  • Norris Henderson, Executive Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) (New Orleans, LA)
Programming Schedule

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