Briefing Room


Panel discussion on “the Ferguson case” in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision

December 3, 2014 | Multimedia

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A standing-room only discussion on recent events in Ferguson, MO, on Tuesday, December 2, featured Moritz professors Joshua Dressler, Amna Akbar, Ric Simmons, and Sharon Davies. They discussed the legal standard for self-defense, the history of race related protests, the structure of grand juries, and unconscious bias in American society.

“As lawyers, it is important to tie the abstraction you learn in class back to reality,” said Dean Alan C. Michaels, who moderated the event.

Amna Akbar, Assistant Professor of Law
Sharon Davies, Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Joshua Dressler, Distinguished University Professor and Frank R. Strong Chair in Law
Ric Simmons, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law

Moderated by Alan Michaels, Dean & Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law