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September 29, 2021

Presentation to Washington Supreme Court

9:00 a.m.  -  12:00 p.m.

Answering the Washington Supreme Court's June 2020 call to address systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system, the deans of Washington's three law schools in 2020 relaunched and co-chaired an ad hoc Task Force on Race and Washington's Criminal Justice System, which 10 years ago had convened to author the Preliminary Report on Race and Washington's Criminal Justice System.

Task Force 2.0 seeks to contribute to the racial justice movement, precipitated by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police, by calling broader attention to systemic discrimination throughout Washington's criminal justice system. Numerous organizations and individuals have come together in this volunteer effort.

Please join us for a presentation to the members of the Washington State Supreme Court of the task force's findings, featuring an overview of the data, experiences and priorities of impacted communities, and the ways that stakeholders can contribute to solutions. (Full list and description of speakers available here.)

Register here for the Zoom link.

9-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dean Mario Barnes
University of Washington School of Law

Dean Annette Clark '89
Seattle University School of Law

Dean Jacob Rooksby
Gonzaga University School of Law

9:15-10 a.m.
Panel 1: Introduction to Task Force 2.0 and Presentation of the Data

Speakers: Professor Jason Gillmer, Gonzaga University School of Law; Professor Robert Chang, Seattle University School of Law; Dr. Alexes Harris, University of Washington, Dept. of Sociology
Moderator: Judge David Keenan, King County Superior Court

10:10-11 a.m.
Panel 2: Community Impact and Priorities for Addressing Disproportionalities

Speakers: Joseph Seia, Founder and Executive Director, Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington; Lyle Quasim, Tacoma-Pierce County Collective; Chelsea Moore, Board Member, Free Them All; Amber Letchworth, Executive Committee Member, I Did the Time
Moderator: Diane Clarkson, Pierce County Minority Bar Association

11:10-11:55 a.m.
Panel 3: Role of Stakeholders in Identifying and Implementing Solutions to Race Disparities

Speakers: Luvimae Omana, Deputy Ombudsman, Spokane Office of Police Ombudsman; Adam Cornell, Snohomish County Prosecutor; Larry Jefferson, Director, Washington State Office of Public Defense; Retired Judge Wesley Saint Clair; Representative Jesse Johnson, Washington State Legislature, 30th Legislative District
Moderator: Jaime Hawk, Legal Strategy Director, WA Campaign for Smart Justice, ACLU of Washington

11:55 a.m.-12 p.m.
Closing Remarks