Georgia Law Review Symposium

Protect and Serve: Perspectives on 21st Century Policing

January 27, 2017

Police practices and community expectations of the duties of law enforcement personnel often lead to sweeping changes in criminal law. The recent news coverage of policing issues and developments in case law make this a relevant time to discuss the questions created by these current events. The Symposium will provide a forum for discussion about the current and future state of policing by bringing together a diverse set of voices to discuss the intersection of criminal law and policing. Please see the Discussion tab for more information about the schedule, panelists, and keynote speaker.

Keynote Speaker: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Irvine

Panel 1: “Policing: Problems, Perspectives and Remedies”

Description: Specific police practices are most significant during every day interactions between police officers and the communities they serve. This panel will discuss the current state of these interactions and alternative approaches to restructuring them— including model legislation and policies, trauma-informed community policing, and empirical studies.

Panelists: Craig Futterman (Chicago); Cynthia Lee (George Washington); Song Richardson (UC Irvine); Jack Chin (UC Davis)

 Panel 2: “Policing and Prosecutorial Ethics”

Description: Prosecutors are subject to ethical regulations regarding their duties. In addition, prosecutors often have an interdependent relationship with law enforcement. How do prosecutors address conflict of interest concerns that are presented when they are called upon to consider potential criminal charges against police officers? Do prosecutors’ ethical obligations require them to affect, influence, or limit police practices? This panel will seek to answer these and other questions related to the role of prosecutors in police conduct cases.

Panelists: Lonnie Brown (UGA); Kami Chavis (Wake Forest); Michael Cassidy (Boston College); Bruce Green (Fordham)

 Panel 3: “Emerging Issues and Controversies”

Description: This panel will focus on what obstacles current case law and legislation poses to reform and what avenues it leaves open. Often, gaps in the constitution and case law allow for a range of police practices. Can these be used to further rather than hinder reform?

Panelists: Scott Sundby (Miami); Nora Demleitner (Washington & Lee); Stephen Rushin (Alabama); Julian Cook (UGA)