Conferences and Speeches

Kenneth Polite Speaks at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Racial Justice Institute

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM ET

Morgan Lewis litigation partner Kenneth Polite will speak at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights as part of its Racial Justice Institute on "Central Issues to Criminal Justice: Challenges and Promising Reforms.” While there is growing consensus around the need for criminal justice reform, the methods for effecting change are endless. This panel will bring a racial justice lens to discussion of four pressing criminal justice issues: the use of court debt to criminalize poverty, ways to prevent police misconduct, competing priorities of bail reform, and the recent push for open discovery laws.  The panel will explain each issue and the fundamental questions it poses, as well as recommend practical options for reform.

The Racial Justice Institute is dedicated to bringing together leading attorneys, activists, journalists, academics, and community leaders working on the front lines of the fight for racial justice. This free conference will feature a full day of programming addressing some of the country’s most pressing civil rights issues, including the criminalization of race and poverty, ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census count, and why courts matter.