UofSC School of Law to examine modern policing issues

UofSC Law Prof. Seth Stoughton has organized two community talks on modern issues in policing that are open to the public on Friday, March 1 beginning at 9 a.m.

Two community talks will examine police use of force and other policing issues on Friday, March 1 from 9 - 11:45 a.m. The talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom at the School of Law, located at 1525 Senate Street.

The talks have been approved for 2.5 hours of CLE credit.

The first panel talk, "Contemporary Issues in Policing," will begin at 9 a.m., and will be moderated by Prof. Thomas P. Crocker, University of South Carolina School of Law.

Panelists include:
· Kassy Alia, Founder, Serve & Connect
· Prof. Kami Chavis, Wake Forest University School of Law
· Prof. Mary Fan, University of Washington School of Law
· Prof. David Harris, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
· Major Dana Oree, Columbia Police Department
· Prof. Chris Slobogin, Vanderbilt Law School

The second panel, "Policing and the Use of Force," will begin at 10:30 a.m., and will be moderated by Prof. Seth Stoughton, University of South Carolina School of Law.

Panelists include:
· Prof. Geoff Alpert, University of South Carolina Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
· State Representative Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg
· Deputy Chief Chris Cowan, Richland County Sheriff’s Office
· Prof. David Sklansky, Stanford Law School
· Prof. Jordan Woods, University of Arkansas School of Law

The community talks are the first part of the two-day Law of the Police Conference, which seeks to explore the complex issues surrounding modern policing and examine how, together, law enforcement and society can navigate this complicated relationship and devise solutions to these issues. Following the community talks, law professors and academics from across the country will participate in scholarly works-in-progress and research presentations.

The Law of the Police Conference is sponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Law and School of Law student chapters of the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, and the Federalist Society. It is organized by Professor Seth Stoughton, whose work on the regulation of police is frequently featured in both academic journals such as the Minnesota Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and news publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and TIME.

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