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Hispanic, Latino/a, or Latinx: Which is correct? (Oct. 11, 2021)
'Hispanic,' 'Latino/a,' and Latinx--what do each of these terms mean? Who do they refer to? How do these terms show up in law classrooms and in legal practice? And, which is correct? Right now, these terms are being hotly debated across the United States and, in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Duke Law Podcast explores this discussion and attempts to provide some answers to the aforementioned questions. In this episode, Duke Law Director of Diversity Initiatives Ebony Bryant leads a roundtable conversation with the following guests providing very distinct perspectives: Sofia Hernandez '09: Duke Law Senior Lecturing Fellow & Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Durham, N.C.; Alyssa Reyes '23: Inaugural Fellow of Duke University's Race and the Professions Fellowship, President and 1L Representative of Duke Law's Latin American Law Students Association, and Vice-President and 1L Representative of Duke OutLaw; and, Alejandro Fallas Schosinsky LLM '21: Nearly 10 years experience employed as an attorney at BLP Legal, a leading full service law firm in Central America. --> Transcript: https://law.duke.edu/transcripts/TRANSCRIPT-Duke-Law-Podcast-Which-is-correct.pdf
Race & The Law: Berkeley Law Prof. Ian Haney López (Feb. 2, 2021)
LISTEN: Racial justice scholar Ian Haney López, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, speaks to Duke Law's Spring 2021 'Race & The Law' class as part of its semester-long speaker series. Prof. López spoke on 'Race and the U.S. Constitutional Tradition: From “We the People” to Colorblindness. How has U.S. law contributed to understandings of race and racial hierarchy? How has racial (and nonracial) terminology shaped discourse and policy outcomes as a general matter, and more specifically in the 2020 election cycle?' Recorded on February 2, 2021, with an introduction by Duke Law Professor H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., the John Hope Franklin Research Scholar at Duke Law School.
Mental Illness and the Criminally Accused (June 30, 2021)
LISTEN: The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law hosts a timely roundtable discussion about people with mental illnesses who are criminally accused and found incompetent to proceed in the criminal legal system; how competency restoration poses a challenge and costly management problem for state mental health and criminal legal systems; alternative pathways to community reentry for this population; the ethical-legal aspects; how mental health authorities and policymakers in different states are (or aren't) dealing with it, and what should be done. Panelists: Dr. Reena Kapoor, from Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Debra Pinals, from University of Michigan Law and Medicine; Larry Fitch, from University of Maryland Medical School; and Dr. William Fisher, who works with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Jeffrey Swanson from Duke School of Medicine moderates.
Institutional Inequity and the COVID Vaccine (March 1, 2021)
How racial disparities in healthcare continue to make Black and Latinx people less likely to receive a vaccine, despite both communities being more likely to become sick from COVID-19, is the focus of this discussion with Duke Law Professor Kate Evans, Professor Thomas Williams and Durham-based physician Edith Nieves Lopez. Sponsored by Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project and co-sponsored by Duke Law's ACLU, LALSA, HLS, and the Immigrant Rights Clinic.
Community Re-entry for the Formerly Incarcerated (March 9, 2021)
Formerly incarcerated individuals face many barriers when re-entering their communities. This Duke Law roundtable explores the barriers and the programs successfully addressing them with Alice Marie Johnson, a criminal justice reform advocate and former federal prisoner pardoned by former President Donald Trump; Dontae Sharp, a N.C. exoneree who now works at Forward Justice; and Elenore Wade, who teaches as a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law & Friedman Fellow in The George Washington University Law School's Prisoner & Reentry Clinic. Discussion and Q&A moderated by Duke Law Professor Brandon Garrett. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law.
6 Trials and 23 Years: Curtis Flowers talks justice with the Wilson Center (Feb. 18, 2021)
Curtis Flowers is a Mississippi man who was tried six times for the same crime and whose case was the subject of Season 2 of the APM Reports podcast "In the Dark." He spent nearly 23 years behind bars and endured six trials and four death sentences for four murders he has always maintained he did not commit. Four of the trials resulted in convictions, all of which were overturned on appeal. Flowers' case was one of three that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2016 were to be remanded to lower courts to be reviewed for evidence of racial bias in jury selection. He was finally freed in 2020 when the Mississippi Attorney General's Office dismissed indictments against him. In February, Flowers spoke at this Duke Law event with his attorney, Henderson Hill, sharing an inside look at his years-long saga and the injustices of a system zeroed in on convicting him. Wilson Center Director and Duke Law Professor Brandon Garrett moderated the discussion and Q&A that followed. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law.