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 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture: Professor James Forman, Yale Law School, on Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America


Date: 01/15/2018
Time: 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny

Location: Jeffries Hall 1225

Description: Please join us as we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a lecture by Professor James Forman of Yale Law School. Professor Forman will discuss his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, which explores how decisions made by black leaders, often with the best of
intentions, contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be immediately followed by a reception.

James Forman Jr. is one of the nation’s leading authorities on race, education, and the criminal justice system, and a tireless advocate for young people who others have written off.

Professor Forman attended Yale Law School, and after he graduated, worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he took a job at the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented juveniles and adults in felony and misdemeanor cases.

Professor Forman loved being a public defender, but he quickly became frustrated with the lack of education and job training opportunities for his clients. So in 1997, along with David
Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. The Maya Angelou school has been open for almost twenty years, and in that time has helped hundreds of vulnerable young people find a second chance, begin to believe in themselves, graduate, get jobs, and attend college.

At Yale Law School, where has taught since 2011, Professor Forman teaches Constitutional Law and a course called Race, Class, and Punishment. Last year he took his teaching behind prison walls, offering a seminar called Inside-Out Prison Exchange: Issues in Criminal Justice, which brought together, in the same classroom, 10 Yale Law students and 10 men incarcerated in a CT prison.

This event is co-sponsored by the MLaw chapter of ACLU, American Constitution Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Education Law & Policy Society, Food Law and Policy Association, Gender Violence Project, Law School Student Senate, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Michigan Law Review, Organization of Public Interest Students, Outlaws, Reproductive Rights and Justice, Res Sista Loquitur: Women of Color Coalition, South Asian Law Students Association, Student Rights Project, Trial Advocacy Society, Wolverine Street Law, and Women Law Students Association