This Violent City? Rhetoric, Realities, and the Perils and Promise of Reform

Add to Calendar 2021-05-07 09:00:00 2021-05-07 15:00:00 This Violent City? Rhetoric, Realities, and the Perils and Promise of Reform Event details: - University of Chicago Law School America/Chicago public
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Presenting student organizations: Law Review

Please join us for the 2021 Law Review Symposium 

The University of Chicago Law Review will showcase a diverse range of empirical, theoretical, and legal perspectives about the problems of urban violence as illuminated by the case of Chicago. Scholars from across the country will present divergent theories about the causes of violence along with potential responses and confront questions that include:

  • Why does urban violence arise and persist?
  • How does it relate to larger socioeconomic dynamics of concentrated and intractable poverty?
  • What have we learned from decades of massive investments in policing and incarceration, as opposed to noncarceral policy instruments?
  • What are the costs, particularly to historically marginalized groups, of the decision to use coercive rather than supportive interventions?
  • How have initiatives from within communities changed the patterns or stakes of violence?


9:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Introduction

Thomas J. Miles, Dean, University of Chicago Law School
Caroline Veniero, Symposium Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

9:15 AM
Panel 1: What Causes Violence?: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Moderator, Aziz Huq, University of Chicago Law School

  1. Abolition and Violence, Allegra McLeod, Georgetown Univ. School of Law
  2. Crime and Punishment in Chicago: The Enduring Neighborhood Effect in Times of Social Change, Robert Sampson, Harvard University
  3. Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University

10:45 AM: Break

11:00 AM
Panel 2: Policing and the Prospects of Reform

Moderator, Richard McAdams, University of Chicago Law School

  1. Territorial Policing in Black Neighborhoods, Elise Boddie, Rutgers Law School
  2. Police Monopoly and Misuse of Data During Chicago Homicide Waves, Robert Vargas, University of Chicago
  3. Prospects for Reform? The Collapse of Community Policing in Chicago, Wesley Skogan, Northwestern University

12:30 PM: Break

12:45–1:15PM: Social lunch

1:15–1:30PM: Break

Panel 3: City Limits?: How Municipal Governments Can (and Can't) Address the Root Causes of Violence

Moderator, John Rappaport, University of Chicago Law School

  1. Evaluating Policing’s Contributions to Urban Violence
    Aziz Huq, University of Chicago Law School
    Alex Chohlas Wood, Stanford University
    Goel, Stanford University
    Amy Shoemaker, Stanford University
  2. Killing Me Softly: The Structural Violence of School Segregation, Latoya Baldwin-Clark, UCLA School of Law
  3. Cities, Preemption, and the Statutory Second Amendment, Joseph Blocher, Duke Law School

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