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Richard J. Childress Memorial Lecture: 'Human Rights in the American Criminal Justice System'

Friday, 13 October, 2017

The 2017 Childress Lecture and accompanying symposium will take place on Friday, Oct. 13. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., in the John K. Pruellage Courtroom, Scott Hall.

This symposium will examine the role, rhetoric and practices of the United States’ criminal justice system using international human rights norms as perspective. Panelists will speak about key human rights issues in the modern American criminal justice system, ranging from policing practice to the continued use of the death penalty.

The symposium will discuss how the U.S. conforms to or violates international human rights standards, and what can be done to advocate for change. It will bring together practitioners and academics focused both domestically and internationally, and will afford SLU students the opportunity to connect with members of the wider legal community, advocating for the use of higher standards in our American criminal justice system.

Samuel R. Gross, J.D., the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, is the keynote speaker. His address is titled "The Death Penalty, Public Opinion, and Politics in the United States."

Find the full symposium schedule and RSVP here.

The Childress Memorial Lecture and Symposium is sponsored by the Law Journal. 6.3 Missouri Continuing Legal Education (MO CLE) credits will be available.