Spring Quarter Snapshot: Law School Forum Centers on Police Violence, Race, Protests

Mural of Martin Luther King, Jr, at King Hall.
A mural at King Hall pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Last week, as protests prompted by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black men and women spread across the nation, the UC Davis School of Law held the virtual public forum “Police Violence, Race, and Protest.”

More than 175 people, including King Hall students, faculty, staff and alumni, came online June 3 to express their grief and sadness regarding the most recent examples of systemic violence toward people of color, and discuss what the King Hall community can do to move the fight for justice forward.

Students and others made thoughtful suggestions, from enhancing critical race theory in the curriculum to holding more public lectures featuring people of color who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system. Dean Kevin Johnson said UC Davis Law will introduce a speaker series focused on racial justice in 2020-21.

After the forum, Johnson followed up with a list of resources that had been generated by the forum’s participants. To add resources to this list, contact Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emily Scivoletto.

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