Sentencing Disparities & Dangerous Perpetuation of Racial Bias - 1.0 Prof Conduct Hr
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Sentencing Disparities & Dangerous Perpetuation of Racial Bias - 1.0 Prof Conduct Hr

Part of Diversity Issues Webinar Series

 Export to Your Calendar 10/1/2020
When: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Where: Zoom
United States
Presenter: Prof. Jelani Jefferson Exum, Detroit Mercy Law
Contact: Ashley Likens, DBA CLE Coordinator

Online registration is available until: 10/1/2020
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Program Agenda:

In this seminar, participants will learn about the role that racial disparities—specifically sentencing disparities—play in perpetuating the racial bias that increases the daily danger of living as a Black American in the United States.  The speaker will highlight the manner in which the U.S. criminal justice system’s racial inequities feed into biased beliefs about Black criminality. Ultimately, the goal of the seminar is for participants to understand that, instead of tackling implicit bias as a means to fight sentencing and other criminal justice bias, we must actively correct and eliminate the disparities head-on.  This sort of anti-racism work, including the realities of how systemic racism affects individuals every day, is essential to full and effective representation of clients.

I.             An explanation of Living While Black
II.           Description of Sentencing Disparities
III.          Race and Perceptions of Criminal Behavior
IV.          The Typical View: Bias as the Cause of Sentencing Disparity: The Typical View
V.           Different View: Bias as the Dangerous Consequence of Disparities
VI.          Addressing the Disparities to Reduce Bias and the Role of the Attorney

•             This seminar is based on the author’s paper of the same name that is available at: 


Jelani Jefferson Exum is the Philip J. McElroy Professor at Detroit Mercy Law.  She is a nationally recognized expert in sentencing law and procedure.  Professor Exum is a member of the Editorial Board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and her work has been featured on prominent sentencing blogs, such Sentencing Law and Policy.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. Prior to joining the Detroit Mercy Law faculty, she was a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Toledo College of Law, an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, and a visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan Law School.  Professor Exum has also been a Forrester Fellow and Instructor in Legal Writing at Tulane Law School.

Before joining academia, Professor Exum served as a law clerk for the Honorable James L. Dennis, United States Circuit Judge for the for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She has taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Criminal Procedure, Federal Sentencing, and Race and American Law. Professor Exum mainly writes in the area of sentencing law and policy, but her research interests also include comparative criminal law and procedure, policing, and the impact of race on criminal justice.