Tag Archives: race-speaker-series

Why Race Matters #6: How to be an Anti-Racist – Racism in Massachusetts

Speakers: Dr. Phillipe Copeland
Date: June 3, 2021, 1-3pm

Drawing on the ideas of W.E.B Du Bois, Cedric Robinson, Angela Davis and others, this lecture will apply an Abolition frame to racial inequities in Massachusetts. It will examine how these inequities reflect the operation of racial capitalism, with the criminal legal, family preservation and mental health systems exemplifying these dynamics. Participants will gain a better understanding of systemic racism specifically in Massachusetts and the tools necessary to become an Anti-Racist and address and influence racism in the legal systems in which we practice.

CLEs: 2 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)

Why Race Matters #5: Courageous Conversation and Unpacking Privilege

Speakers: Bart Bailey and Karen Fleshman, Esq.
Date: May 21, 2021, 1-3pm

Now that we have some background, information and understanding about the issues influencing race, justice and equity within society, this presentation encourages the growth, vulnerability and development of participants, organizations and communities by removing barriers to thought and communication.

The presenters will help to create a safe space for authentic conversations by providing a trustful and respectful foundational platform generating participation in transformative training, addressing white fragility for public defenders, witnesses, jurors, judges and other stakeholders.

The training will not only provide tools which allow participants to engage in internal transformation, but will also help participants understand how to influence this transformation in the thoughts and communications of finders of fact and stakeholders across practice areas.

CLEs: 2 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)

Why Race Matters #4: Who We Are – A Chronicle of Racism in America

Speakers: Jeff Robinson, Esq.
Date: May 10 2021, 1-4pm

For almost four decades, attorney Jeffery Robinson has devoted his legal career to racial justice. In recent years, he has travelled the country speaking hard truths about race in America. “Our history,” he tells audiences, “has been stolen from us.” Weaving heartbreak, humor, passion, and rage, Robinson takes us through this stolen history, showing us how the legacy of slavery and U.S. imperialism impacts every aspect of our society – from 1619 through the present.

Not only is it time for all Americans to reckon with the true history of racial oppression in this country, but also to understand its impact on today. Robinson’s presentation aims to help us do just that. From the historical connection of slave patrols to local police departments, through the massacres of communities of freed slaves, to the fact that the essential elements of the practice of modern day slavery continued long after the Civil War, Robinson challenges us to think about where we started as a country, where we are, and where we want to end up. His words lay bare an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes.

There is a direct line from the values of white supremacy held by the people who founded America to present day America, and Robinson’s presentation demonstrates how those values and resulting laws have led us to our current circumstances. When people reflect on police violence today few people see the direct connection between laws on police use of force and laws passed in the 1600’s making it clear that if a slave was killed while resisting a master, no crime had been committed. People are unaware of the connection between slave patrols and modern-day police departments. These kinds of connections are critical to understanding that the devaluation of Black lives today can be traced to historic examples of devaluation that continue unbroken throughout American history and especially the criminal justice system.

The history Robinson imparts is not easy. It is not comfortable. But it is necessary. In the end, Robinson’s words are a call to arms. He empowers his audience to change the future, leaving them with a sense of optimism about what America could look like if we have the courage to change it.

CLEs: 3 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals; 2 each for SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)

Why Race Matters #3: The Science of Stereotyping and Bias: Challenges and Opportunities for Organizational Diversity

Speakers: Dr. Keith Maddox and Dr. Sam Sommers
Date: May 3, 2021, 2-4pm

This interactive presentation will explore the psychology underlying racial (and other forms of) bias, discuss the challenges bias presents for leveraging the benefits of organizational diversity, and consider strategies to mitigate its impact.

While the modern era is one in which most professionals believe themselves to be fair-minded individuals— perhaps even genuinely prioritizing equity—social categories including age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation continue to have profound effects on how we see and interact with the world around us in the boardroom, the classroom, the courtroom; in all phases of daily life. What research tells us is that while individual forms of contemporary bias are sometimes unconscious, this doesn’t make its implications for organizational climate or the individuals within that environment any less real. The science also demonstrates that we are not hopelessly at the mercy of the power of stereotyping and bias.

We will identify the circumstances under which bias is most likely to emerge and evaluate potential strategies for trying to curtail its impact. A scientifically-informed approach to bias can bring our thoughts, feelings, actions and policies in line with our personal and organizational goals for equity.

CLEs: 2 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)

Why Race Matters #2: Harvard Study

Why Race Matters #2: Harvard Study

April 26, 2021 // 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Felix Owusu and Brook Hopkins, Esq.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-race-matters-2021-spring-speaker-series-registration-146499795833?aff=email1

Webinar: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In 2016, the late Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Gants asked Harvard Law School to study racial disparities in the criminal legal system in Massachusetts. The Harvard researchers collected three years of data from the relevant agencies and conducted a comprehensive analysis of racial disparities in the criminal legal system. Participants will examine the data and gain an understanding of its use in litigating issues of race.

CLEs: 2 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)

Breakouts: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Sign up ahead of time! Breakout rooms are closed to new attendees 1 week prior to the training!

Breakout Participants will engage in a discussion regarding the result of that study and how such information can be used in assisting practitioners in the raising of race and equity issues in your particular practice area. There will be a YAD specific breakout room to discuss the meaning of this study for Delinquency and Youthful Offender cases.

CLEs 1 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, Mental Health (Trial Skills)

 

Why Race Matters #1: A Call To Action

Speaker: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
Date: April 8 2021, 3-4pm

This module kicks off CPCS’ Why Race Matters Speaker Series. Participants gain a deeper understanding of why litigating race and addressing systemic racism in the adult criminal, juvenile, mental health, and child and family regulation legal systems is critical in representing our clients.

Congresswoman Pressley will address staff and private counsel imploring us to improve ourselves, more deeply understand the impact of racism, and the effects of racism in our systems. Her words are our call to action as we begin to answer the critical question, “Why Race Matters”.

CLEs: 1 each for YAD Appeals, YAD Trial, CAFL Trial, CAFL Appeals, Criminal Trial, Criminal Appeals, SDP/SORB; Mental Health (Trial Skills)