Professor Kami Chavis Simmons addresses police misconduct, racial profiling at N.C. Advocates for Justice conference
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
December 1, 2011
Professor Kami Chavis Simmons will address police misconduct and eradicating racial profiling at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice conference, “Race to Judgment: Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System” on Friday, Dec. 2, in Raleigh.
Simmons will be participating on a panel entitled, “What Steps Can We Take to Eradicate Racial Bias in Our Criminal Justice System.”
”I will be discussing ways in which communities and police departments can address racial profiling through hiring practices, better supervision of police officers, and shifting to community policing, which emphasizes problem-solving and partnerships with community members to solve crime,” she explained.
The North Carolina Advocates For Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to protecting people’s rights through professional and community legal education, championing individual rights, and protecting the safety of North Carolina’s families — in the workplace, in the home, and in the environment, according to its website.
The North Carolina Advocates For Justice was formed more than 45 years ago by a small group of trial lawyers who wanted to protect peoples’ rights. Today, the North Carolina Advocates For Justice has almost 4,000 members and is one of the top protectors of individual rights in North Carolina. N.C. Advocates For Justice members represent those injured by the wrongdoing of others, workers fighting for their rights in the workplace, the disabled, those addressing family problems, consumers, those in debt, and those accused of crime.
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice accomplishes its mission through effective advocacy work in the state legislature advocating for the rights of all citizens, through the development of more than 40 professional development seminars annually to help attorneys improve their skills, and through the administration of a variety of public outreach and education initiatives aimed at enhancing public understanding of the U.S. legal system. The organization’s Legal Affairs Committee also monitors the development of law and serves as a trial attorney advocate to the State Bar.