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2016 Media Institute on Legal Affairs

When: 09/24/2016
Where: Hogan Lovells
555 13th St NW
Washington, DC  20004
United States
Contact: Lisa Waldschmitt

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2016 Media Institute on Legal Affairs

"Law and Justice: Issues of Consequence; From Black Lives Matter to Voting Rights"


Hogan Lovells

555 13th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004



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9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.



9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Black Lives Matter: Assessing the Movement

A conversation with activists involved with and journalists covering the Black Lives Matter movement. What is the state of the Black Lives Matter movement today, four years after the death of Trayvon Martin and two years after the death of Michael Brown? Are stories being told which accurately portray the experience of being black in America? Are we reporting substantively on the ongoing tension between law enforcement and some in the black community? Do athletes and entertainers speaking out change the dialogue in any way? What is missing from the discussion? What more can we learn from our most recent past?


Chelsea Fuller, Communications, The Advancement Project 

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post

Yolanda Young, Esq., Publisher Lawyers of Color Media & Power & Influence Editor, Rolling Out

Cherri Gregg, Esq., Community Affairs Reporter, KYW Newsradio & President, PABJ (Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists)
Charles F. Coleman, Jr., Civil Rights Attorney & Legal Commentato


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

21st Century Policing and Policing Reform

One of the byproducts of the Black Lives Matter has been a sustained conversation about policing in America and the need for policing reform. On the one hand there is the need for police to have an ability to use aggressive measures to keep communities safe, but how is this done without officers going over the line? We hear firsthand from the head of a major police department. When officers seemingly go over the line, how then do prosecutors respond? How do police departments and prosecutor’s offices work hand in hand when sometimes due to circumstances they become adversaries? How then do you have a system, which protects citizens and supports officers? We hear from several veteran prosecutors about ensuring justice in our communities.


Aaron Morrison, Reporter, Mic

Police Chief Anthony Holloway, St. Petes Beach Florida

Melba Pearson, Miami-Dade States Attorney’s Office

Paul Butler, Professor, Georgetown Law Center 
April Frasier-Camara, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association 

12:00 p.m.

Remarks from the President

Sarah Glover,  President, NABJ

 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Professional Development Luncheon: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System - Powered by the Campaign for Youth Justice

Over the last decade, a number of states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. The shift is a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. The new laws stem from concerns about teenage suicides in adult jails and new research showing that young people held in adult courts are more likely to be repeat offenders than juveniles not held in adult jails. Youth of color particularly are disproportionately impacted by this practice. Pervasive racial discrimination at all levels of the criminal justice system has relegated record numbers of youth of color to lengthy jail and prison terms and the loss of their most basic civil rights.  This session will discuss how journalists can learn more about ill-conceived juvenile justice policies that disproportionately impact children of color and generate potential story ideas that can highlight both challenges and solutions.


Marcy Mistrett, CEO, Campaign for Youth Justice

Ed McCurty, Forensic Social Worker, DC Public Defender Sevrice

Marcus Bullock, Founder of Flikshop and the Flikshop School of Business, Advocate

Jabriera Handy, Student & Advocate

Julekya Williams, Reporter, The Atlantic


1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collateral Consequences

There are very real consequences faced by those who have been convicted of a crime. Yet, a very real goal of the criminal justice system is to rehabilitate ex-offenders and return them to being engaged law-ambiding contributors to society, who do not have an incentive to commit future crimes. Collateral consequences vary by state and state sanctions also differ from federal sanctions. Still the wide-ranging sanctions can affect one’s ability to get a job, own a business, buy a home, finance their education and whether or not after completing their sentence one can vote. Problems with reentry have been highlighted by President Barack Obama’s commitment to criminal justice reform signified by his significant commitment to granting requests for clemency. The impact of collateral consequences has also been highlighted by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s promise to restore voting rights to thousands of ex-offenders in his state. So what should we know about collateral consequences and criminal justice reform?


Christopher Nelson, NBC Universal

Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal

James E. Felman, Kynes Markman and Felman

Partner at Hogan Lovells 

Jenny Roberts, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Scholarship Co-Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law  


3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Voting Rights

The ability to vote is central to a healthy democracy, a fundamental right for citizens, and an important responsibility. For years those from underrepresented backgrounds: women and people of color most noticeably fought for the right to vote. Over the course of the last few weeks, federal courts across the country have struck down state laws which made it more difficult for people to vote. In a presidential election year especially making the voting process more difficult could have a definite impact on voter turnout. Why is this such an important issue? What and how should journalists be reporting on voting rights cases and Decision 2016?


Melanie Eversley, Breaking News Reporter, USA Today

Charles Robinson, Reporter, Maryland Public Television 

Judge Bernice B. Donald, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Nicole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice

4:30 p.m.




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