Policing, Inequality and Law Colloquium

Professor Barry Friedman

Professor Maria Ponomarenko

Professor Phillip Goff  

Monday, 4:10 to 6:00 p.m. 
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208


2 credits

Policing is a vital government function, in that before society can achieve much else, people and communities must be safe and secure. But the powers we bestow upon police have the potential—if not exercised properly—to threaten the most basic values in our constitutional republic.  The Policing Colloquium invites scholars to campus to discuss their work, focusing on the promises and challenges posed by policing.

This year the theme for the course is Race, Inequality, and Law.  Over the last few years there have been numerous concerns expressed about the disparate impact of policing based on class and race, and particularly its impact on Black and Brown communities. This semester we will read works-in-progress by leading scholars on these issues, and discuss how law can address them.  The course format will be a colloquium, meaning scholars will come to discuss their work with us.

FALL 2017 Schedule of Presenters
September 18, 2017 
Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Law, UCLA Law
Paper: The 4th: From Stop-&-Frisk to Shoot-&-Kill With One Amendment
October 2, 2017 
Assistant Professor of Politics, Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU
Paper: Exploitative Revenues, Law Enforcement, and the Quality of Government Service
October 16, 2017 
Assistant Professor of Politics, Wilf Family Department of Politics, NYU
Paper: The Electoral Effect of Stop-and-Frisk
October 30, 2017 
Co-Founder, President, Center for Policing Equity; Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Paper: The Force of Fear: Police Stereotype Threat, Self-Legitimacy, and Support for the Use of Force
November 13, 2017 
Interim Dean, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
Papers: Implicit Racial Bias and Racial Anxiety: Implications for Stops and Frisks
               Illinois v. Wardlow
November 27, 2017 
Associate Professor Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University and Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Paper: Portals to Politics: Perspectives on Policing from the Grassroots