On Friday, November 18, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a day-long Criminal Justice Forum Symposium, "The Role of the Prosecutor and the Grand Jury In Police Use of Deadly Force Cases."
The event includes lunch and 5.5 hours of CLE credit. Cost to attend is $13.65 (lunch included), or $95.94 for attorneys seeking CLE credit (lunch included).
About the Lecture:
Events in Cleveland over the past few years have been at the center of the ongoing national debate over how the criminal justice system should respond to cases involving police use of deadly force. Many states are considering changes to the rules governing prosecutors and grand juries, and Ohio is no exception. A task force created by the Ohio Supreme Court recently released a report suggesting a number of reforms to Ohio's grand jury rules, and those reforms are now under consideration.
These reforms, as well as other approaches from around the country, will be discussed at this symposium. Panelists will examine the potential conflicts facing prosecutors in cases involving police use of deadly force and consider proposals to mitigate those conflicts. Potential reforms to the grand jury process, such as modifying grand jury secrecy rules and giving the grand jury greater independence, will be analyzed. Panelists will also consider the role of race in police use of deadly force cases.
- 8:30 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction
- 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Panel 1: Re-examining the prosecutor and the grand jury in police use of deadly force cases
- Ric Simmons, Rebecca Roiphe, Michael Cassidy, Jonathan Witmer-Rich
- 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Panel 2: Broader issues in Police use of force cases: community engagement, substantive legal standard, and sentencing.
- Kevin Washburn, Wesley Olivery, Jelani Jefferson Exum
- 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch Speaker: Matthew Barge, Institutional reform and regulating police use of force.
- 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Examining reforms to Ohio’s grand jury and prosecutorial systems in police use of force cases.
- Judge Michelle Earley, Ric Simmons, Jonathan Witmer-Rich
- 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Robert Strassfeld, Inside the Grand Jury: Reflections on Grand Jury Service
- Matthew Barge, Partner and Co-Executive Director, Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC)
- R. Michael Cassidy, Professor and Faculty Director, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, Boston College Law School
- The Honorable Michelle D. Earley, Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court & Former Grand Jury Prosecutor
- Jelani Jefferson Exum, Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law
- Lolita Buckner Inniss, Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Wesley M. Oliver, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Criminal Justice Program Director, and Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law.
- Rebecca Roiphe, Professor of Law, New York Law School
- Ric Simmons, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Robert N. Strassfeld, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Kevin Washburn, Regents Professor of Law, University of New Mexico Law School
- Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Joseph C. Hostetler - BakerHostetler Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law