Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining “We the People”

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Please register for the event here.

Please join us on Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 9:00am-5:00pm, as Texas Southern University’s Center for Justice Research, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, in partnership with The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, and the Thurgood Marshall Law Review co-present a virtual national conference, sponsored by the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment, entitled, Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining “We the People.” This conference provides a timely, relevant, and much-needed discussion on the disproportionate use of force by police in interactions with black people and the disparate treatment of black protestors in the United States.

The conference keynote speaker will be Attorney Sherrilyn Ifill law professor, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. The day-long virtual conference will include special presentations, a virtual exhibition hall and a dynamic lineup of panel discussions exploring:

  • The Criminal Justice System: the “George Floyd Bill” & Qualified Immunity: The state of police accountability given qualified immunity, police unions and protections in policing contracts
  • The Anatomy of §1983 Litigation: Best practices in successful civil rights litigation
  • The Future of First Amendment Protests Protections: Examining the Use of Brutality on Those Fighting Against Violence: The future of First Amendment protection considering the disparate treatment given black protestors
  • The U.S. Constitution: Reimagining “We the People” as an Inclusive Construct: The inclusiveness of the evolving constructs of the “We” in the Constitution’s “We the People”

To complement the symposium, The Bridge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Legal & Social Policy, will publish a special issue journal with articles on topics related to the issues raised in this conference. For information about submitting an article to the journal, contact Lucinda Daniels at Lucinda.daniels@tmslaw.tsu.edu.


About the Sponsors 


The Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University is a research institute that provides culturally sensitive, data-supported solutions to complex systemic issues in policing and criminal justice. 

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law is the premier law school of Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy is an institute of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where scholars empower underserved and disenfranchised communities by addressing systemic social issues through legal representation, research, education and advocacy.  

The American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment supports research grants to academic scholars whose research interests include the legal rights of service members, tax treatment of jury awards, implicit bias, and other interests that align with their advocacy efforts.

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