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Race & Policing in the 21st Century: A Difficult Relationship

February 27, 2018 12:10pm
Rm. 114

Speaker: Judge Shira Scheindlin

Lecturer: Hon. Shira Scheindlin, former United States District Court Judge

About the Lecture

Judge Scheindlin will trace the history of the relationship between law enforcement and race from the Civil War to the present.  She will address how this history explains many of the current issues surrounding police practices and how they impact people of color.  Her talk will cover the legal standards to be applied in the controversial areas of stop and frisk, when use of force is justified, and whether the standards for either are sufficiently clear. She will touch on the problem of mass incarceration and its effect on minority communities.  Finally, she will address some reforms and solutions to the continued problem of the relationship between the police and the community.

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About the speaker: Former United States District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and serves as an arbitrator/mediator under the auspices of JAMS.

Judge Scheindlin, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, has presided over numerous criminal and civil cases during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Among many important cases, her opinions in electronic case management are recognized as case law landmarks, and she is the co-author of the first casebook on electronic discovery. Judge Scheindlin previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York and General Counsel for the New York City Department of Investigation. Earlier in her career she spent many years in private practice, including a stint as a litigation associate at Stroock.

Judge Scheindlin is a frequently published author and lecturer and has been an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, teaching at Brooklyn and Cardozo Law Schools. She has also served on several committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a former chair of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.