October 5 Thursday

Moving Justice Forward - Keynote Panel

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Yale Law School Auditorium, 127 Wall Street, New Haven
  • Open To The Public
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Please join The Justice Collaboratory for a keynote panel on "Advancing Criminal Justice Reform in the Absence of Federal Leadership” during our Moving Justice Forward conference on Thursday, October 5th from 4 - 5:30 PM. A reception will immediately follow the keynote in the dining hall.

The purpose of the conference is to engage innovators and those that have the ability to effect change in their communities to discuss how we can push forward evidence-based criminal justice reforms in the absence of federal leadership and support. Our conversations will be structured around the Justice Collaboratory vision statement Justice Forward.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Ronald Davis is the Former Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and was Chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He served for eight years as the Police Chief of East Palo Alto, CA and for twenty years with the Oakland Police Department in a variety of roles including Captain, Police Academy Director, Criminal Investigations Commander, Patrol Commander, and Inspector General.

Vanita Gupta is currently the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Educational Fund. She served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2014-2017. Prior to her work at the Justice Department, she was the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU and Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Karol Mason is the Former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs under President Obama. In this role, she was responsible for the oversight of such offices as the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). She also worked in close collaboration with the Civil Rights Division, the Office of U.S. Attorneys, the FBI, DEA, and Community Relations Service. Prior to this, Karol Mason practiced law at the private firm Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Cyrus Vance, Jr. is the District Attorney for New York County, NY. Since taking office in 2010, District Attorney Vance has modernized the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized bureaus and units. Some of Vance's many achievements include: the takedown of numerous violent street gangs, dismantling of several major domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations, the first convictions of individuals on State terror charges in New York State Court, and the recovery of billions of dollars from international financial institutions that had been engaged in violating international sanctions for the benefit of countries like Iran, Libya, and Sudan.

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Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School with the support of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.