Professor Kami Chavis Simmons gives presentation on strategies for democratic policing at William and Mary Law

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Professor Kami Chavis

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons is will give a presentation at William & Mary School of Law entitled “Strategies for Democratic Policing: Stakeholder Involvement in the Selection and Recruitment of Police” on Thursday, Sept. 20.

In her presentation, Professor Simmons maintains that the shift and continued implementation of community policing requires more thought on what qualities and characteristics officers need to implement. She proposes the consideration of two major changes: who we choose to be police, and how we select those individuals.

Professor Simmons, who joined the Wake Forest University School of Law faculty in 2006, brings substantial experience to teaching and writing about criminal law. After receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School, she worked as an associate at private law firms in Washington, D.C., where she participated in various aspects of civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal investigations.

In 2003, she became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, involving her in a wide range of criminal prosecutions and in arguing and briefing appeals before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Professor Simmons frequently makes presentations on law-enforcement issues and is a  leader in the field of police accountability.

Her articles have appeared in the University of Alabama Law Review, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and the Catholic University Law Review, and other legal journals.  Her research focuses on using Cooperative Federalism principals and stakeholder participation to implement sustainable reforms in the criminal justice system.  Her article, “Subverting Symbolism: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Cooperative Federalism” will appear in the American Criminal Law Review in 2012.