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Event Date: 


"Stand Your Ground Laws: The Dilemma of Discretion, Race, and Culture"

Thurs., Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to noon

This event is free, open to the public and offers 1.0 hour of CLE credit. (There is no registration.)

Presented by: Cordell Hull Speakers Forum

Location: Cumberland School of Law’s John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom 

Keynote speaker: Tamara Lawson; associate dean for faculty development and professor of law at Saint Thomas University School of Law

Be our guest at Cumberland School of Law for a lively one-hour conversation on modern self-defense laws, commonly referred to as "stand your ground laws." Associate Dean and Law Professor Tamara Lawson discusses the dynamics of the discretionary decisions made by legislatures, prosecutors, judges, and juries in controversial homicide cases like the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, as well as other high profile criminal cases.

Professor Lawson teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence law and has conducted extensive research on Florida's Stand-Your-Ground law as well as self-defense laws nationally. She has also made multiple media appearances on these issues. Lawson serves as the reporter on the ABA's National Task Force for Stand Your Ground Laws, and has written an article and a book chapter on the Trayvon Martin case.

Prof. Lawson's article, "A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound-A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, The Prosecutors' Discretion, and The Stand Your Ground Law" was published in the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy and is available for free download at Her book chapter, “The Res Gestae of Race: The Implications of Erasing Race,” will appear in the forthcoming book: Trayvon Martin, Race, and "American Justice." 

Please join Cumberland School of Law’s community for an engaging conversation about criminal law and self-defense cases and how discretion--exercised at all levels of a criminal justice system--can have implications on the outcome of a case.

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Moot Courtroom