This directory contains links to publicly accessible podcasts. Some only provide audio, while others provide audio and video.
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Unbiased Policing and Anti Racial Profiling Legislation
Russell Lovell and David Walker, Sept. 4
Russell Lovell and David Walker are professors emeriti at Drake Law School. They will talk about their important work that led to the enactment of the Unbiased Policing Ordinance in the city of Des Moines earlier this summer.
Over-Representation of Minority Children in the Child Welfare System
Jami Hagemeier, Sept. 11
Jami Hagemeier is interim director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, and associate clinical professor at Drake Law School. Hagemeier will discuss how implicit bias impacts decisions made at key points, generational trauma, the system’s need to recruit and retain minority resource families, and difficulties with kinship placements.
The #METOO Movement and Black Feminism: How the Mainstream White Feminist Movement Failed Black Women and Where We Go From Here
Julia Steggerda-Corey and Victoria Millet, Sept. 25
Julia Steggerda-Corey is director of the Compliance and Risk Management Program at Drake Law School, and Victoria Millet is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Associate at the University of Minnesota. They will explore the origins of the #MeToo movement and how and where Black women were excluded, unique challenges Black women have faced in American society, and legal developments that have emerged since the #MeToo movement began that address fight sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Why Afrocentric Facial Feature Bias is a Pernicious Form of Racism
Hon. Mark W. Bennett, Oct. 9
Retired U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett is director of the Drake Law Institute for Justice Reform and Innovation. He currently has a grant pending before the National Science Foundation for a multi-dimensional national empirical study of Afrocentric facial feature (AFF) bias in both the criminal and civil justice systems. AFF bias is a little understood and understudied form of both systemic and individual racism. Bennett will look at both judicial and juror decision making when parties with varying degrees of Afrocentric facial features are involved.
The U.S. Supreme Court and Systemic Racism
Mark Kende, Oct. 16
Mark Kende is director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center and the James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law. Kende will discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court has generally refused to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in several constitutional cases, and how the Court’s approaches make it difficult for racial minorities to achieve equality.
Fair Cross-Section Jury Trial Reform
Russell Lovell and David Walker, Oct. 23
Lovell and Walker will examine the Iowa Supreme Court’s landmark 2017 decision of State v. Plain and its three 2019 post-Plain decisions that reinforced defendants’ rights to jury pools and jury panels that reflect a fair cross-section (FCS) of the community.
Jerry Anderson, Nov. 6
Jerry Anderson is Dean of Drake Law School and the Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law. Anderson will discuss the systemic barriers to reducing the environmental harms experienced by people of color.
Institutional Racism and the Food We Eat
Jennifer Zwagerman, Nov. 13
Jennifer Zwagerman is director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center. She will discuss both the impact of institutional racism here in Iowa, and the history of racism in the United States Department of Agriculture, including several class action lawsuits filed by minority farmers.