Race, Gender & Policing Program
The Program explores 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, such as immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private citizens, participate in surveillance and control. The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond. To this end, the Program brings together scholars, practitioners, and activists to address issues related to race, gender, and policing. In terms of activities, we anticipate that the program will sponsor periodic events relating to its mission and help facilitate partnerships with UNLV, local, state and national partners.
Contact Professor Frank Rudy Cooper to join the open portion of the next meeting.
New Law School Course on Policing
The Program on Race, Gender & Policing is proud to support the Law School's new course Law and Inequality: Policing, Protest & Reform. The course is mandatory for 1Ls and open to upper-year students as an elective. It provides a history of policing and introduces major legal issues related to policing that lawyers should understand. The four founders of the course are the Co-facilitators of the Program, Professors Chang, Cooper & Rolnick, and Professor Eve Hanan, who co-teaches a Misdemeanor clinic and has joined the Board of the Program. Professor Joan Howarth is chairing the course this Spring. A large group of Law School professors ran discussion groups for the course: Ben Edwards, Anne McGinley, Lydia Nussbaum, David Orentlicher, Ngai Pindell, Kathy Stanchi, Jeff Stempel, David Tennenhaus, and Anne Traum.
Symposium on Race AND Gender AND Policing in the Nevada Law Journal
The Program on Race, Gender & Policing is pleased to have worked with the Nevada Law Journal to produce a written symposium on race and gender and policing. This issue of the Journal will feature ten articles on various themes related to this topic. The Co-facilitators of the Program, Professors Chang, Cooper, and Rolnick, have authored a substantial article that serves as an introduction to the symposium. Visit the symposium page for a description of the issue.
In the News
Nevada Criminal Justice Reform Bill Falls Far ShortAugust 1, 2020 - The Nevada Independent
Police Review Board Must Represent the Most-Affected CommunitiesJuly 1, 2020 - Arizona Capitol TimesProfessor Cooper discusses the importance of civilians serving as the voice on police review boards.
We must tear down the "Blue Wall of Silence." Here's how civil lawsuits can helpJune 17, 2020 - The Washington PostProfessor Frank Rudy Cooper, along with Suzette Malveaux and Catherine E. Smith discuss how allowing civil lawsuits against bystander cops could change police culture.
Police Tensions Have Long Simmered in Las VegasJune 13, 2020 - Las Vegas Review JournalAs protests and confrontations continue in Las Vegas, Race, Gender and Policing program faculty explain why police violence is a local, as well as a national, issue.
Police Reforms: Does Nevada Need Them? Will They Work?June 10, 2020 - KNPR State of NevadaProfessor Frank Rudy Cooper argues for increasing social services in relation to policing on KNPR's State of Nevada radio show