Videos tagged with Criminal Law

  • Novel Justice is a book event series sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. Chris Fabricant is the Director of Strategic Litigation at the Innocence Project. His book, Junk Science and the American Legal System, presents an insider's journey into the heart of a broken, racist system of justice and the role junk science plays in maintaining the status quo. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Fabricant about his work.

  • Duke Law Professor James (Jim) E. Coleman Jr., the 2022 recipient of the Raphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardian Medal from the Bolch Judicial Institute, will be honored during a program (live-streamed here) at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Sept. 7, 2022. In addition to receiving a medal, Professor Coleman will talk with David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, about his distinguished career as a criminal defense attorney and civil rights leader.


  • Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. Dr. Jessica Simes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Her work contributes to sociological research on racial inequality, mass incarceration, the conditions of prison confinement, and the social structure of cities. Her book, Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Incarceration, applies a unique spatial analysis to mass incarceration in the United States.

  • Virginia is the most recent state to abolish the death penalty, but capital punishment is still authorized in 27 states, by the federal government and the U.S. military. There are numerous studies and advocates to point to why the death penalty should be abolished nationwide, but the people who are sentenced to death are the ones who can speak best about the true impact of such punishment.

  • For over a decade, Judge Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge in the Miami-Dade County Court, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, has worked with stakeholders to reform how the criminal legal system interacts with individuals with mental illnesses. With his colleagues he has developed a unique diversion model, the "Miami Model," that is a model for reducing violence, unnecessary arrests, and inappropriate incarceration among persons with mental illness. The model encourages recovery, reduces stigma, and gives individuals hope.

  • Journalism is one of the most powerful mediums in storytelling, education and shining a light on systemic injustices. Criminal justice reporting, in particular, can be crucial to bridging a gap between those who have experienced the system and those who have not. Journalists covering this beat educate the masses about complex legal systems and processes, and often bring to the forefront underrepresented issues. Join us for a roundtable discussion with renowned journalists who cover the criminal legal system.

  • Novel Justice is a book event series hosted by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. We invite authors to discuss recently published criminal justice books and to engage in Q&A with faculty and students. Aya Gruber is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. Her book, The Feminist War on Crime: the Unexpected Role of Women's Liberation in Mass Incarceration, documents the failure of the state to combat sexual and domestic violence through law and punishment. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Gruber about her work.

  • Duke Law professor and Wilson Center Director Brandon Garrett and Sandra Guerra Thompson, professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center, discuss their work as independent monitors for a landmark bail reform settlement in Texas. This settlement could become a national model for cash bail reform. The discussion is followed by a Q & A.

    Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice.

  • Ben Finholt, Director, Just Sentencing Project with NC Prisoner Legal Services, summarizes the organization's mission and work to the Wilson Center.

    Originally recorded on February 19, 2021.

  • Judge Carla Archie of the North Carolina Superior Court talks with Ann Yandian, program director at the Bolch Judicial Institute, about writing her capstone thesis for Duke Law's Master of Judicial Studies program.

    In this video, Judge Archie explains how and why she chose the topic of recidivism in the courts, and she talks about the writing process more broadly, such as the process for selecting her faculty advisor and how she managed to complete her thesis while handling a full caseload as an active judge.

  • In this episode, Jake Charles talks with David E. Patton, Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of New York, about his article "Criminal Justice Reform and Guns: The Irresistible Movement Meets the Immovable Object", published in the Emory Law Journal.

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    Presented by the Duke Center for Firearms Law.

  • In the first of a new series, the Bolch Judicial Institute honors Benjamin B. Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg trial prosecutor, as the inaugural Raphael Lemkin Rule of Law Guardian. Mr. Ferencz is interviewed here by David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, and Michael P. Scharf '88, co-dean of the Case Western Reserve Law School and a Duke Law graduate.

  • In the past year, movements to address deep racial inequities embedded in the criminal system gained greater prominence and popular support. At the forefront of these movements are leaders in North Carolina fighting the cash bail system that incarcerates people based on poverty, the racially disparate disenfranchisement of individuals for unpaid fines and fees, and the dangerous conditions facing largely black and brown people in local jails.

  • At the heart of both Abolish ICE and Defund the Police is a conversation about who is incarcerated and criminalized. The movements share the belief that regardless of the badge, bad law enforcement practices and policies affect the safety and well-being of people across the United States.

  • A celebration of the renaming of the Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law to honor a generous donation from alumnus and philanthropist Derek Wilson. Duke Law Dean Kerry Abrams introduces the event; Center Executive Director Thomas Maher speaks and Center Director Brandon Garrett moderates. The event features a keynote roundtable with renowned ProPublica and New York Times Magazine journalist Pamela Colloff, Texas parolee Joe Bryan and Duke Law rising 3L Sarah Champion, who worked on an amicus brief in Bryan's case.

  • A discussion and Q&A with thought leaders on the merits, issues, and trade-offs of defunding-to-reallocate budget initiatives.

    Appearing: Brandon Garrett (Duke Law), moderator; James Burch (Anti Police-Terror Project), Darrell Miller (Duke Law), and Christy Lopez (Georgetown Law), panelists.

  • Kerry Abrams, James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law, hosts a conversation with Duke Law faculty members on the current state of policing throughout the United States, with an emphasis on how policies and biases impact communities of color. Panelists discuss the history of policing in the United States; address how political movements have been used to demand reform and how the current moment compares to earlier protests; the role of the law and the legal profession in maintaining the status quo; and how the law can be used to enact reforms.

  • Host David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute and president of The American Law Institute, and four distinguished colleagues address another ‘plague’ — police brutality and the use of excessive force — following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020. Featuring Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago; Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department; Barry Friedman, Jacob D.

  • A panel discussion, launching Duke CSJ’s new report and website on fines and fees in criminal cases, with the NC ACLU’s Kristie Puckett-Williams, Cristina Becker, NC Justice Center’s Daniel Bowes, and Forward Justice’s Whitley Carpenter, Fines and Fees Justice Center’s Joanna Weiss, and Duke CSJ Director Brandon Garrett, Executive Director Tom Maher, and Research Director Will Crozier.

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  • The Wrongful Convictions Clinic addresses the challenges that the COVID-19 outbreak poses to their work and their clients’ health while in prison.

    Appearing: Shoshana Silverstein '20, Prof. Jamie Lau, and Nicole Wittstein '20.

  • Clinical Professor Jamie Lau, Long’s lead attorney in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, shares his client’s reaction to hearing his case was granted en banc review by the full Fourth Circuit.

  • The Wrongful Convictions Clinic shares their thoughts on: ‘What is justice for Ronnie Long after serving 44 years in prison?'

    Appearing: Prof. Jamie Lau, Nicole Wittstein '20, and Shoshana Silverstein '20.

  • Clinical Professor Jamie Lau, lead attorney for Ronnie Long in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic and two law students discusses their path to being granted an en banc hearing before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.

    Appearing: Shoshana Silverstein '20, Prof. Jamie Lau, and Nicole Wittstein '20.

  • Shoshana Silverstein and Nicole Wittstein discuss the clinic’s strategy to persuade the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to review Long’s appeal.

    Appearing: Nicole Wittstein '20, Shoshana Silverstein '20, and Prof. Jamie Lau.

  • Duke Law Professor Jamie Lau and two law students discuss the possible health risks associated with COVID-19 and Long’s incarceration in the North Carolina prison system.

    Appearing: Shoshana Silverstein '20, Prof. Jamie Lau, and Nicole Wittstein '20.