UH Law Center and ADL to host 'Conversation' on state of police-community relations

Oct. 15, 2018 (HOUSTON) — The University of Houston Law Center in partnership with the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League are bringing together law enforcement, criminal justice experts, community leaders, and civil rights advocates on Oct. 26 for "A Conversation on Policing and Community Relations."

The day-long conference will examine the current climate from both perspectives, discuss police policies and practices, review judicial and departmental efforts to monitor and reform, and consider future needs and steps to improve relations.

Dean Leonard M. Baynes and David Friedman, ADL Vice-President for Law Enforcement & Community Relations, will participate in the discussion with panelists including:

  • Arif Alikhan, Director, Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy  
  • Lauren-Elaine Brown, Engagement Specialist, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Vera Bumpers, Houston Metro Police Chief
  • Judge Susie Morgan, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Sheryl Victorian, Assistant Chief, Houston Police Department
  • Quentin Williams, Founder & CEO, Dedication to Community
  • Michelle Wirzberger, Esq., Chief, Consent Decree Implementation

The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, in Krost Hall on the University of Houston Law Center campus. It is free and open to the public. Attorneys receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit.   

To register, click here or visit https://www.law.uh.edu/cle/2018-1026/

Media contacts: Carrie Anna Criado, UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184, cacriado@central.uh.edu; Elena Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-1125, ehawthor@central.uh.edu; John T. Kling, Communications Manager, 713-743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu; John Brannen, Senior Writer, 713-743-3055, jtbranne@central.uh.edu; and Lisa Lane, Program Manager II, 713-743-2259, lmlane@central.uh.edu

Dena Marks, ADL SW Region Communications Director, DMarks@adl.org, 832-567-8843.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter for excellence in undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions in the country, UH is a federally designated Hispanic- and Asian-American-Serving institution with enrollment of more than 46,000 students.

About the University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) is a dynamic, top tier law school located in the nation's 4th largest city. UHLC's Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Part-time programs rank in the U.S. News Top 10. It awards Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, through its academic branch, the College of Law. The Law Center is more than just a law school. It is a powerful hub of intellectual activity with more than 11 centers and institutes which fuel its educational mission and national reputation. UHLC is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

About the Anti-Defamation League

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL's ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. More at www.adl.org.

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