Public Service and Public Interest Law

Youth/Police Conference: Where Do We Go From Here?

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

The final panel, in which all panelists and the audience participated, was devoted to a discussion of next steps and prescriptive strategies for addressing the issues explored in the course of the conference.

Moderator: Emmitt House, Youth/Police Project

This panel discussion was recorded at the Youth/Police Conference at the University of Chicago Law School in April 2015.

Youth/Police Conference: I Can't Imagine Anything Different

Many view strained relations between police and minority youth as difficult if not impossible to change.

Many view strained relations between police and minority youth as difficult if not impossible to change. They see the status quo as intractable. What is the impact of such attitudes? Is there reason to believe that relations can improve? What do constructive youth/police relations look like? How can police and youth work together to build better relationships?

Youth/Police Conference: They Have All the Power

How does the knowledge that severe abuses—brutality, sexual assault, false arrest, even death—have gone unpunished inform and shape encounters between youth and police?

Why does police accountability matter in this context? How does the knowledge that severe abuses—brutality, sexual assault, false arrest, even death—have gone unpunished inform and shape encounters between youth and police? What are the costs and harms of the absence of accountability? How does the lack of accountability affect the relationships between youth and police?

Youth/Police Conference: How it Makes Me Feel—Police

Every day we put police officers in what often feels like an impossible situation: Get gangs, guns, and drugs off our streets.

Every day we put police officers in what often feels like an impossible situation: Get gangs, guns, and drugs off our streets. Keep us safe from violence. At the same time, there is widespread criticism of the practice of stopping and searching Black youth as a crime-fighting tactic. How do police experience this apparent catch 22? How do youth/police encounters impact law enforcement?

Youth/Police Conference: How it Makes Me Feel—Youth

How do these encounters, and the contexts in which they occur, shape the attitudes and identities of African-American youth—the way they see themselves and their place in the world?

How do these encounters, and the contexts in which they occur, shape the attitudes and identities of African-American youth—the way they see themselves and their place in the world? How do these encounters affect their orientation toward law enforcement? How do these encounters affect their personal development and their ability to navigate public space?

Youth/Police Conference: How Youth See Police. How Police See Youth.

What do these encounters look and feel like?  How are they experienced by youth? How are they experienced by police?

Countless interactions occur daily in urban America between Black youth and police. An encounter between a police officer engaged in a legitimate investigative mission and a teen innocent of any wrongdoing can be fraught. It can go wrong in a variety of ways, often with major consequences for the individuals involved and for community-police relations.

Youth/Police Conference: Opening Remarks

Dean Michael H. Schill, Craig B. Futterman, Jamie Kalven

  • Dean Michael H. Schill, University of Chicago Law School
  • Craig B. Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Jamie Kalven, Invisible Institute

This panel discussion was recorded at the Youth/Police Conference at the University of Chicago Law School in April 2015.

Geoffrey Stone, "Sexing the Constitution: Getting to Gay Marriage?"

In the 2015 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture, Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, explores historical attitudes to homosexuality, how laws discriminating against homosexuals first came to be seen as raising possible constitutional questions, and how the nation’s high court has come to the threshold of recognizing a constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry.

In the 2015 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture, Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H.

Federalist Society Student Symposium: Innovation and Health Care

This panel will look at the effect of Obamacare, and the policies of the FDA on innovation. More generally, will the current regulatory processes and reimbursement policies equipped to manage the next generation of personalized medicine and diagnostic devices?

Given that everyone is getting older and more prone to disease, medical innovation is one of the most important measures, if not the most important measure, of a successful health policy. Technological acceleration, including advances in genomics and stem cell research, suggest that we are on the cusp of a golden age of medical innovation.

Student organization presenters: 
Federalist Society

Federalist Society Student Symposium: Innovation and Inequality

Does the fast pace of innovation pose a threat to social stability?

We are in an age of accelerating technology but many fear we are also in an age of growing inequality. Does the fast pace of innovation pose a threat to social stability? Many fear that machines will take away jobs from the less skilled and extend the reach of superstars, thus deepening inequality.

Student organization presenters: 
Federalist Society
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