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The Durr Lecture Series


Fighting for Racial Justice in Challenging Times

The theme of the 2017 Durr lecture is fighting for racial justice in challenging times. Our lecturer, James Forman Jr. will emphasize two issues that he considers his life’s work – each of which is central to today’s civil rights movement—working against mass incarceration and for better schools. He will offer concrete suggestions about how to make progress on these issues even in the current moment, when national politics are challenging. Throughout the talk, he will draw insight and inspiration from the lives and words of civil rights activists, and connect their teachings to the present.

The Date is Saturday April 22 at 6PM
109 Goodwyn Hall on the AUM campus
The lecture is free and open to the public.

About the Lecturer

James Forman Jr. is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is a graduate of Atlanta’s Roosevelt High School, Brown University, and Yale Law School, and was a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Forman taught at Georgetown Law from 2003 to 2011, when he joined the Yale faculty. At Yale, he teaches Constitutional Law, a seminar on Race and the Criminal Justice System, and a clinic called the Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic. In the clinic, Professor Forman and his students represent young people facing expulsion from school for discipline violations, and they work to keep their clients in school and on track towards graduation.

Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. Professor Forman’s book, titled Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, will be published in the spring of 2017 by Farrar Straus and Giroux.

James Forman Jr.