The founder and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic in Chicago will the guest speaker at the next Conversations on Race and Policing.
“In Conversation with Dr. Craig Futterman” will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, on Zoom. The talk, which is free and open to the public, can be accessed from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at https://csusb.zoom.us/j/97960458784.
In addition to his work with the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, Futterman is a clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School and resident dean in the college. He was elected to a Simon Visiting Professorship in the School of Law at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 2018-19. Before his appointment to the law faculty, Futterman was a lecturer in law and director of public interest programs at Stanford Law School. He previously joined Futterman & Howard, Chtd., a boutique law firm concentrating in complex federal litigation. There, Futterman specialized in civil rights and constitutional matters, with a special focus on racial discrimination, education and police brutality. Before that, he served as a trial attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.
Futterman received his juris doctor from Stanford Law School in 1991 and graduated with the highest distinction from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and economics.
Conversations on Race and Policing, also known as CoRP, began in the aftermath of the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis, Minn., police officers. A video of the incident posted on social media led to widespread protests, the firing of four police officers, the arrest and conviction of one officer on a second-degree murder and related charges, the other three on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder – and a spotlight worldwide on race and policing.
The series has featured scholars, journalists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, activists, artists, educators, administrators and others from throughout the nation who shared their experience and expertise on issues related to race and policing.
More than 50 forums have taken place, and video recordings of the sessions are posted online on the Conversations on Race and Policing Lecture Series Archive.
The series is organized by CSUSB students, staff and faculty, including recent history master of arts graduate, Cecelia Smith; history master of arts student Matt Patino; Mary Texeira, professor emerita, sociology; Jeremy Murray, professor of history; Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library; and community member Stan Futch, president of the Westside Action Group.
The spring semester lineup of Conversations on Race and Policing, each at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, includes:
- April 25: “From Rhetoric to Action: Police Reform in a ‘Post’ Racialized America,” with Thaddeus Johnson, assistant professor of criminal justice, Georgia State University, and senior fellow with the Council on Criminal Justice.
- May 2: “In Conversation with Kenneth Alyass,” a Ph.D. student in history at Harvard University where he studies race, class, and crime in American cities during the late 20th century.