Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

Center for Criminal Justice

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Upcoming Events

October 20, 2022
11:30 am, Purcell Reading Room

Amy Swearer, a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, will discuss constitutional litigation surrounding red flag laws, also known as risk-based gun removal laws. Food will be provided.

Federalist Society

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.

UVA Law professor John Monahan discusses how predicting violence became a concern for courtrooms and mental health practices nationwide, and developed alongside his own career.