School of Law to Host Dialogue on Public Safety and Racial Justice Sept. 14

A dialogue on “Finding Common Ground Between Public Safety and Racial Justice – All for the Common Good” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 4-6 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

The forum is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception from 6-6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited and registration is requested by Friday, Sept. 9. To register and for more information, visit the School of Law’s event website.

The School of Law describes the forum as “a candid, critical dialogue on public safety and racial justice, where we will seek to understand other perspectives, foster mutual respect, build bridges across differences and promote community engagement.”

Participants include:

  • Cedric Alexander, Psy.D., CNN law enforcement analyst, member of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and director of public safety for Dekalb County, Georgia
  • Mike Freeman, Hennepin County attorney
  • Mike Goldstein, chief of police and director of public safety for Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP
  • R.T. Rybak, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation and former mayor of Minneapolis
  • Nkechi Taifa, advocacy director for criminal justice for the Open Society Foundations

Moderating the program will be School of Law professors Mark Osler and Hank Shea.

Opening comments will be provided by Robert Vischer, dean of the law school, and closing comments will be made by Julie Sullivan, president of the university.

Co-sponsors are the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

While the event is free to the public, admission for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit is $50, except for St. Thomas School of Law alumni and mentors.