Criminal Law

Toward a Fuller Constitutional Story: Race, Policing, & Equality


Wednesday, July 29, 2020
6:00 pm
Virtual Panel
Constitutional Accountability Center

Our nation is grappling anew with law enforcement violence against African Americans.  For too long, we have approached this injustice without the benefit of a full constitutional story.  What does a holistic reading of the Constitution’s provisions—not only the 4th Amendment’s limits on policing, but also the transformative equality and liberty language of the 14th Amendment—tell us about how to address a problem that has been with us since our nation’s founding?  On Wednesday, 7/29, from 6-7 pm ET, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, as well as a panel of legal experts will gather for a virtual discussion organized by the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) that will be anchored by a paper (soon to be published in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law), “We Do Not Want to be Hunted”: The Right to be Secure and Our Constitutional Story of Race and Policing.

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Introductory Remarks:

Keynote Address:


  • Roy Austin, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire, & Grannis, LLP; formerly Deputy Assistant Attorney General within the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division


  • Chiraag Bains, Director of Legal Strategies at Demos
  • David H. Gans, Director of CAC’s Program on Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship
  • Professor Alexis Karteron, Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School

Closed Captioning for this LIVE event can be viewed on CAC’s Facebook page.