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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America 
Monday, November 23, 2020 | Program 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Q & A 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Program Fee:

Free for Members and Law Students | $15 Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.


For almost four decades, attorney Jeffery Robinson has devoted his legal career to racial justice. Join us as he shares how the legacy of slavery and U.S. imperialism impacts every aspect of our society – from 1619 through the present. Given the events that transpired in America last summer, (and indeed around the world), not only is it time for all Americans to reckon with the true history of racial oppression in this country, but also for members of the legal community to understand its impact. 

From the historical connection of slave patrols to local police departments, through the massacres of communities of freed slaves, to the fact that the essential elements of the practice of modern day slavery continued long after the Civil War, Robinson challenges us to think about where we started as a country, where we are, and where we want to end up. He will address an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes. 


Jeffery Robinson is a Deputy Legal Director at the National ACLU, and the Director of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality.  Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Robinson has almost four decades of experience working on these issues – as a public defender, in private practice for 27 years, and now at the ACLU since 2015. In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney and a respected teacher of trial advocacy -- Robinson is a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College and has lectured on trial skills across the country -- Robinson regularly speaks to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system and the history of racism in this country. 

Sponsoring Committee:
Compliance, Patrick T Campbell, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees: 
Civil Rights, Zoey Chenitz & Kevin Eli Jason, Co-Chairs
Corrections & Community Reentry, Gregory D. Morril, Chair

Criminal Courts, Terri Stella Rosenblatt, Chair
Criminal Justice Operations, Tess Cohen, Chair

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Matthew E. Morningstar & Robert A. Marchman, Co-Chairs
Minorities in the Courts,  Christopher Wilds, Chair  
Minorities in the Profession, Jonathan Waldauer & John Tatoy, Co-Chairs
Pro Bono and Legal Services, Nicole L. Fidler & Jennifer K. Brown, Co-Chairs
Small Law Firm Committee, Anne Wolfson, Chair 

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