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The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation to Present CLE Program on Race, Communities and Policing

July 24, 2015, Press releases


Contact:         Kathryn Harris
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Tracey Meares, Presidential Commission member, will anchor program at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO, July 24, 2015 – The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation will host a CLE program, “Perspectives on Race, Communities, and Policing in Twenty-first Century America.” The July 31 research seminar is one of several events hosted by The Fellows during the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting.  

In the aftermath of violence in communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, this panel will examine the roots of problems in relations between police and minority communities and will consider proposals for change. Anchored by a research presentation by Yale Law School Professor Tracey Meares, former ABF research professor and a member of the Presidential Commission on Twenty-First Century Policing, the panel will include comments from several different perspectives: from police officials and police officers unions, to community activists to lawyers who litigate cases of alleged police misconduct. The panel will be moderated by Peggy Davis, Chief Officer of Programs and Strategic Integration for the Chicago Community Trust.

Participants in the panel are:

Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School; member, President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing 

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Garry McCarthy, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department

Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America, St. Louis; member, President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing

Sean Smoot, Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee; member,  President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing

The CLE program is free for anyone registered for the ABA Annual Meeting. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for CLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.  For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.  

Event details:

WHAT:           Fellows CLE Research Seminar
WHEN:           Friday, July 31, 2015 8:30-10 a.m. 
WHERE:        Hyatt Regency Chicago
                        151 E. Wacker Drive
                        Comiskey, Bronze Level, West Tower

For event information contact or call 800-292-5065.

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Primary funding for the ABF is provided by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and American Bar Endowment.


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