Task Force 2.0

Task Force 2.0 picks up where the previous task force left off, working to address racial disparity in Washington's criminal justice system. Convened by the deans of Washington's three law schools, Task Force 2.0 seeks to answer the current moment, precipitated by the killing of George Floyd, which called national attention to the devaluation of Black lives by police but which also called broader attention to systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system. The current moment led the Washington Supreme Court to issue its call on June 4, 2020, in which it acknowledged that the "devaluation and degradation of black lives is not a recent event" and is instead a peristent feature of our justice system and callling "on every member of our legal community to reflect on this moment and ask ourselves how we may work together to eradicate racism." Organizations and individuals have come together in this volunteer effort. History will judge whether we have answered this moment.

The first meeting of Task Force 2.0 took place on Sept. 11, 2020. During the meeting, we heard from those in the Oversight Working Group that is functioning as the executive committee for the task force. We also heard from nearly 40 organizations who have formally joined this effort. The organizations and individuals reflect the rich diversity in this state, with regard to race, geography, and institutional roles within the criminal justice system. The powerpoint slides from the first meeting are available here. The meeting was recorded and can be viewed here

Please return to this page to learn about our efforts.

If you are interested in joining the task force, as an individual or as an organization, or would like to attend our meetings, please contact changro@seattleu.edu. Our general meetings are the 2nd Friday of each month. Our next meeting is Oct. 9, 2020.