University of St. Thomas Law Journal
Fall 2020 Symposium

Protests & Reform: How Lawmakers and the Legal Community Are Responding to the Killing of George Floyd

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal invites the community to attend our fall symposium. The event will be held online via Zoom.

George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, sparking global protests and civil unrest. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative and Minneapolis NAACP, the University of St. Thomas Law Journal will convene a symposium to examine how lawmakers and the legal profession have responded – and should respond – to demands for change in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. Through dialogue among legislators, academics, and legal practitioners, the symposium will facilitate discussion about systemic racism and our roles as advocates for equal justice, with forward-looking initiatives.

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CLE credits applied for)


Speakers and panelists will include:

  • Hon. Mark Bennett (Ret. U.S. District Judge), director of the Institute for Justice Reform & Innovation, Drake University Law School
  • Jerry Blackwell, partner, CEO and chairman of Blackwell Burke P.A.
  • Cornell William Brooks, professor and director of the William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice
  • Cynthia Conti-Cook, J.D.
  • Sybil Dunlop, partner, Greene Espel PLLP
  • Corey Gordon, partner, Blackwell Burke P.A.
  • Fr. Dan Griffith, law professor, Wenger Family Faculty Fellow and Chaplain of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Rep. Leslie Herod, 8th District, Colorado
  • Eileen Kaufman, professor emerita, Touro Law Center
  • Rep. Rena Moran, District 65A, Minnesota
  • Leslie Redmond '19, president, Minneapolis NAACP (keynote)
  • Fernando Travesí, executive director of the International Center for Transitional Justice
  • Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative, University of St. Thomas


For More Information, Please Contact:

Rachel Hampson
Symposium Editor, University of St. Thomas Law Journal

For information about past UST Law Journal Symposia visit our Symposium Archive page.

For Agenda and Speaker Bios, Click Here.