Thursday, November 12, 2015

Loyola Law School Hosts Commemoration of Nuremberg Trials

The Center for the Study of Law & Genocide at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will hold a symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal on Friday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is the only U.S. event to livestream the commemoration proceedings from Nuremberg, Germany and will include remarks from noted genocide authorities and Benjamin B. Ferencz, the last-living Nuremberg prosecutor.

  • Opening Remarks: Hon. Stefan Biedermann, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
  •  “Nuremberg: How the Impossible Trial Was Made Possible”: Prof. Michael Bazyler, Professor of Law and The 1939 Society Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Dale E. Fowler School of Law Chapman University 
  • "Nuremberg and History: Discovering the Six Million": Prof. Michael Berenbaum, Professor of Jewish Studies and Director, Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust American Jewish University  
  • "The Propaganda Defendants at Nuremberg": Prof. Gregory Gordon, Associate Dean (Development/External Relations) Director, PhD-MPhil Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law 
  • "Nuremberg and Guantanamo: Shaming the Legacy of Nuremberg": Prof. David Glazier, Loyola Law School, Former U.S. Navy Warfare Officer and Renowned Law of War Expert 
  • "The Nuremberg Trials and Civil Justice for Survivors": Rabbi Stan Levy, Founding National Director, Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Justice Network 
  • "Nuremberg: One Judge’s Perspective": Judge Rolf Treu ’74: California Superior Court, Los Angeles County 
  • Moderator: Prof. Stan Goldman ’75, Director, Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Loyola Law School

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The cost of ‘quality of life’ policing: Thousands of young black men coerced to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit

By Professor Alexandra Natapoff

This commentary originally appeared on The Washington Post

At their inaugural debate, the Democratic presidential candidates finally agreed that black lives matter. If they mean it, they should take a stand against a common but overlooked way that our criminal system devalues black lives: convicting African American men of minor crimes that they did not commit.

These wrongful convictions are largely byproducts of “order maintenance” or “quality-of-life” policing, in which police arrest large numbers of young black men on baseless charges. Baltimore police, for example, are under court-ordered monitoring for making baseless quality-of-life arrests. As described by one former officer, police tell young men to move along, then arrest them for loitering when they don’t. Maryland courts have already explained that this police practice is illegal: people who are merely standing on the street, even those ordered to move along, are not actually “loitering,” which the city ordinance defines as “to interfere with, impede or hinder the free passage of pedestrian or vehicular traffic” after having been warned to desist.

Read the full article here.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Loyola Law School to Host Symposium On Corporate Rights and Political Spending

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Free Speech for People will host the symposium “Corporations, the Constitution, and Democracy” featuring a slate of prominent corporate, constitutional and election-law scholars and a keynote address by the Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr., chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 from 12-4:30 p.m. on Loyola’s downtown LA campus.

The panel “The Future of Corporate Constitutional Rights Litigation and Theory,” will feature Margaret M. Blair, Vanderbilt Law School; Erwin Cherminsky, UC Irvine School of Law; Sarah Haan, University of Idaho College of Law; James D. Nelson, University of Houston Law Center; Anne Tucker, Georgia State University College of Law; and Adam Winkler, UCLA School of Law. The panel “Democracy, Corporations and Money in Politics” will include Jeff Clements, Free Speech for People; Richard L. Hasen, UC Irvine School of Law; Michael S. Kang, Emory University School of Law; Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School; and Michele Sutter, Money Out Voters In.

Chief Justice Strine, a preeminent corporate law jurist, will deliver the keynote address, “Corporate Power Ratchet: The Courts’ Role in Eroding ‘We the People’s’ Ability to Constrain Our Corporate Creations.” Closing remarks will come from John Bonifaz, Free Speech for People, and Elizabeth Pollman, Loyola Law School. The afternoon will conclude with a reception.

“The event brings together top scholars and legal activists to discuss two of the biggest controversies of our time: corporate personhood and money in politics,” said Pollman, conference organizer. “Speakers will address these topics from practical and theoretical perspectives and offer ways to rethink both campaign finance and the constitutional rights of corporations.”