Doing Justice: Race, Reform & New Strategies in Criminal Law


Repeats every day until April 2, 2019.
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:00pm


UNLV Boyd School of Law & The Mob Museum


UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

Thomas & Mack Moot Court Room

Presented by UNLV Boyd School of Law & the Mob Museum


A critical conversation with activists, reformers, lawyers, and scholars about how to eliminate racial disparities and transform the criminal justice system.

Keynote address: "Reforming the Law on Police Use of Deadly Force" by Cynthia Lee on April 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Mob Museum. Reception to follow.

Special preview of The Mob Museum's Use of Force Training Experience available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Draft agenda for this conference is included below. 


Speakers include:

Neelum Arya

Theresa Rocha Beardall

Hon. Richard Boulware

Frank Rudy Cooper

Attorney General Aaron Ford

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Charles Gerstein

Aya Gruber

Eve Hanan

Justin Hansford

Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe

Cynthia Lee

Ian MacDougall

Priscilla Ocen

Ranita Ray

L. Song Richardson

Addie C. Rolnick

Jessica Sandoval

Anne Traum

John Valery White & more


Advance registration is required. To register, please click here.

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available to community members. Please contact Addie Rolnick at if you believe you qualify. 






A panel at this event will introduce UNLV’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing. The program will explore the relationship between race, gender, and the ways people are policed. Policing refers to not only the activities of law enforcement officers, but also the ways that other actors—e.g., immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private citizens—participate in surveillance and control. 


Doing Justice:

Race, Reform & New Strategies in Criminal Law





Unless otherwise noted, all sessions take place in the Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM           

Coffee and Pastries


9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Welcome: Daniel W. Hamilton,
  Dean & Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law, UNLV

Introduction: Anne Traum, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Misdemeanor Clinic, UNLV

Keynote Address: Aaron Ford, Nevada Attorney General


9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Opening: Addie C. Rolnick, Professor of Law, UNLV


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM       



10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Reforming Institutions

Recent years have seen an increased public conversation about the need for criminal justice reform, but what does that reform look like? How does a reform aimed at one aspect of the system, such as police training, impact the system as a whole? On this panel, academics, policy experts, and attorneys will discuss various strategies for reforming aspects of the criminal justice system. Panelists will discuss efforts focused on particular institutions while considering how those reforms interact (or do not) with other institutions.


  • Moderator: Eve Hanan, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director of Misdemeanor Clinic, UNLV
  • Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola University, Los Angeles
  • Charles Gerstein, Civil Rights Corps
  • Ian MacDougall, Pro Publica
  • L. Song Richardson, Dean & Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine


12:30 AM – 12:40 AM      

Break/Transition to RLL 4th Floor Lounge


12:40 PM – 1:45 PM


RLL 4th Floor Faculty Lounge


 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM          

Break/Transition to Moot Court Room


2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Roundtable Introducing the Program on Race, Gender & Policing

This panel will discuss the institution of policing specifically with a focus on how gender and race impact various aspects of policing. This panel will introduce and set the groundwork for the future efforts of the new Boyd Program on Race, Gender & Policing.


  • Moderator: Frank Rudy Cooper, William S. Boyd Professor of Law & Director, Program on Race, Gender & Policing, UNLV
  • César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Associate Professor of Law, University of Denver
  • Aya Gruber, Professor of Law, University of Colorado
  • Ranita Ray, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UNLV
  • Theresa Rocha Beardall, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Cornell University


4:30 PM – 6:00

Special Preview of The Mob Museum’s Use of Force Experience exhibit


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Keynote Address & Reception

The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Avenue


Welcome: Jonathan Ullman, President & CEO, The Mob Museum

         Daniel W. Hamilton, Dean & Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law, UNLV


Keynote Address: Reforming the Law on Police Use of Deadly Force

Cynthia Lee, Charles Kennedy Poe Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School




All sessions take place in the Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom.


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Coffee & Pastries


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Welcome: Ruben Garcia, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research & Professor of Law & Co-Director, Workplace Law Program, UNLV


10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Critical Perspectives

Despite the targeted reforms discussed in the opening panel, some argue that inequality is built into the fabric of the justice system. Often, this inequality is achieved or enabled by legal doctrine. This panel will bring together scholars, lawyers, policy leaders, and activists to focus on structural critiques of the criminal justice system, potential strategies for making large-scale change, and barriers to achieving that change.


  • Moderator: Judge Richard F. Boulware II,
    United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • John Valery White, Ralph Denton Professor of Law, UNLV
  • Justin Hansford, Associate Professor of Law & Director,
    Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University
  • Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe, Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Davis
  • Jessica Sandoval, National Campaign Strategist, Unlock the Box Campaign to End Solitary Confirnment, ACLU’s National Prison Project
  • Neelum Arya, Strategic Policy Advisor, John Legend's FreeAmerica Campaign


12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

Closing: Addie C. Rolnick, Professor of Law, UNLV




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