Center for Criminal Justice
“Untouchable” examines current sex offense laws through portrayals of both survivors of sexual abuse and the people who are navigating life on the sex offense registry. Food will be provided.
“Untouchable” examines current sex offense laws through intimate portrayals of both survivors of sexual abuse and the people who are navigating life on the sex offense registry. Since “Untouchable’s” premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, it has continued to spark conversations and helped viewers to engage more deeply with this sensitive and complex topic. The film may be of particular interest to students who are passionate about using the law to both protect the public interest and push for progressive change.
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
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
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
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.
Four years after the deadly attack on the Charlottesville community, a federal lawsuit led by Integrity First for America is proceeding against the white supremacists in court. IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick, lead attorneys Karen Dunn and Roberta Kaplan, and Dean Risa Goluboff discuss the suit, Sines v. Kessler, and the process of holding extremists accountable. UVA Batten School Dean Ian Solomon and UVA Law professor Micah Schwartzman ’05 also offer remarks. This event was sponsored by UVA Law’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, The Miller Center, and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UVA.