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UC Law School Lecture Focuses on Race, Policing, Mass Incarceration and Reforms

Judge Shira Scheindlin will examine the history of the relationship between law enforcement and race from the Civil War to the present day, as well as solutions to the continued problems of the relationship between police and the community in her lecture 'Race & Policing in the 21st Century: A Difficult Relationship' set for 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Room 114 of the law school.

Date: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 PM
By: Sherry English
Phone: (513) 556-0060

UC ingot   For many years minority communities in New York City were policed under the city’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy. Though policy said the practice saved the lives of thousands, Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that the stops violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. In her 2013 ruling, she stated that the stops demonstrated a widespread disregard for the Fourth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment and led to a policy of indirect racial profiling.
Scheindlin will discuss this topic and more as the 2018 Judge In Residence lecturer at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She will present “Race & Policing in the 21st Century: A Difficult Relationship,” tracing the history of the relationship between law enforcement and race from the Civil War to the present.  The event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 12:15 p.m. in Rm. 114 of the law school. All are invited to attend. CLE available for attorneys.

Scheindlin will address how this history explains many of the current issues surrounding police practices and how they impact people of color.  Judge Scheindlin’s talk will cover the legal standards to be applied in the controversial areas of stop and frisk, when use of force is justified, and whether the standards for either are sufficiently clear. She will touch on the problem of mass incarceration and its effect on minority communities.  Finally, she will address some reforms and solutions to the continued problem of the relationship between the police and the community.

About the speaker:
The Hon. Shira Scheindlin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (ret.), appointed to the bench in 1994, authored many landmark decisions during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Her opinions in electronic case management were highly influential in the development of electronic discovery standards. E.g. Zubulake v. UBS Warburg, 217 F.R.D. 309 (S.D.N.Y. 2003).  Judge Scheindlin also wrote a series of opinions addressing challenges to stop-and-frisk policies in New York City, which resulted in a significant overhaul of the city’s policing practices. E.g. Floyd v. City of New York, 959 F. Supp. 2d 540 (S.D.N.Y. 2013).

Since 2016, Judge Scheindlin has been of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP where she is part of the Litigation Practice Group and serves as an arbitrator and mediator. Judge Scheindlin is a frequent author and lecturer and has been an adjunct professor for more than 30 years, teaching at Brooklyn and Cardozo Law Schools.