ALA welcomes back Benjamin Wilson, who shared this thought-proving session during ALA Today: The Virtual Conference. For this webinar he will continue examining the epidemic of police brutality against black people and discuss ways in which the legal community can help prevent future abuses. Together with Moderator, Jessica Mazzeo, from ALA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, we will explore well-known cases of racially motivated police killings in the 21st century, focusing on understanding the historical context of racism in America and its relationship to the current institution of policing. We will also discuss the role the media has played in galvanizing demonstrations against police brutality as well as actions legal professionals can take to eradicate systemic racism and prevent future killings. We will also provide more holistic solutions that go beyond the criminal justice system to include health care, housing and education.
- Illustrate the history of police brutality in America.
- Outline the role of systemic racism in historical and recent instances of police brutality.
- Summarize actions we can take to eradicate the culture of police brutality.
Benjamin F. Wilson
Benjamin F. Wilson is the Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a top-ranked law firm focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation. He represents major corporations, developers and municipalities in complex litigation matters involving Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund and environmental justice matters. A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in 2020, Wilson was inducted into the Washington Bar Association's Hall of Fame, awarded the Cora T. Walker Award from the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, and was featured in the National Law Journal's cover story "The Vanguard and the Vision." He also founded and leads the African American General Counsel and Managing Partner Networks and Diverse Partners Network. He graduated from Dartmouth College and from Harvard Law School and has served as Chairman of the Environmental Law Institute since 2016. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.
Jessica Mazzeo (Moderator)
Jessica L. Mazzeo is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Griesing Law, LLC, a full service business law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica focuses on overseeing and implementing all of the Firm’s business operations while establishing policies that promote and retain the Firm’s culture and strategic vision. In addition to her role at the Firm, Jessica is co-founder of Bossible, a company that focuses on business and professional development for individuals and small businesses as well as GriesingMazzeo Leadership which conducts diversity, inclusion, elimination of bias and sexual harassment education and training for businesses. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion, employee issues, business generation and over all law firm management, Jessica writes a quarterly column for The Legal Intelligencer and speaks around the country. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Legal Administrators, a staff volunteer for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and a volunteer for the Women's Business Enterprise Council East. Jessica is also currently pursuing her law degree at Widener University Delaware School of Law. You can reach Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 60 Minutes
- Audience: Intermediate
- CLM App Management Category - FS: Human Resources Management
- CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes
- HRCI: General Credit
- SHRM: Relationship Management
- SHRM Learning Format: Instructor-Led Activity
- CLE: Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society
- CPE Field of Study: Personnel/HR
- CPE Credit Eligible: 1
- CPE Prerequisites: None
- CPE Advanced Preparation: None