Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

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Upcoming Events

February 20, 2023
4:00 pm, Purcell Reading Room

Scholars will discuss Professor Danielle Citron’s new book, “The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity and Love in the Digital Age,” which makes the case for understanding intimate privacy as a civil and human right. Panelists include University of Pennsylvania law professor Anita L. Allen, George Washington University law professor Daniel J. Solove, and Northeastern University law and computer science professor Ari E. Waldman. UVA Law professor Deborah Hellman will moderate. A reception will follow.


Recent Events

Navigating the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Murder of George Floyd

Join experts from UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the UVA School of Law and the University Police Department for an event series examining Derek Chauvin’s ongoing trial for the death of George Floyd. This series is co-sponsored by the Batten School, the UVA Law Center for Criminal Justice and the University Police Department. All events are free and open to the public.

Part I: Understanding the Case

Wednesday, April 7
5 p.m.

In the first event of the series, Professor Anne Coughlin will discuss the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for the death of George Floyd. 


Part II: At an Inflection Point — The Law and Policing

Wednesday, April 14
5 p.m.

Professor Anne Coughlin and Batten School professor Brian N. Williams will co-moderate a panel discussion that draws upon subject matter experts to discuss a range of police topics, including the history of the profession, its culture, standards and training, accountability mechanisms and future efforts to reform. Panelists include Professor Rachel Harmon, director of the UVA Law Center for Criminal Justice; Shannon Dion, director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services; Harvey Powers, director of the Division of Law Enforcement for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service; Gary Cordner, academy director for the Baltimore Police Department; and DeAnza Cook, Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University.

Part III: Opportunities for Advocacy and Healing

Wednesday, April 21
5 p.m.

Cortney Hawkins, the University Police Department’s diversity officer, and Marrissa Jones, the Batten School’s social equity adviser, will co-moderate a panel discussion with community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust building in response to instances of racial injustice.

You’ve probably heard about the Innocence Project’s work on the news and in other podcasts like “Serial.” On this episode, 2L Casey Schmidt shares what it’s like to actually work in the Innocence Project Clinic, and what you can expect from UVA Law’s 24 clinics generally, including the benefits of hands-on legal work.