Professor Kami Chavis Simmons speaks at University of Maryland’s annual fall symposium

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Professor Kami Chavis

BALTIMORE — Professor Kami Chavis Simmons will speak at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class annual Fall Symposium on Friday, Oct. 25.

The Fourth Amendment, which outlines the rights to security having to do with searches and seizures of person and property, has long been interpreted and discussed, according to the symposium’s website.

The Fall Symposium, “The Future of the Fourth Amendment,” will examine how recent interpretations of the Fourth Amendment will have an impact on a wide range of social issues.  The discussions will explore the arguments presented in Maryland v. King, the potential for familial profiling with the collection of DNA at arrest, and how U.S. v. Jones may lead to trespass issues with an unexpected impact on lower income demographics.

Important topics covered at the symposium will be Constitutionality of DNA Collection, Juvenile DNA Collection, Familial Profiling and Limitations to the Right of Privacy.

Other speakers will include:

  • Fabio Arcila, Jr., Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Lee Kovarsky, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Kevin Lapp, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  •  Stephen Mercer, Chief Attorney of Forensics Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
  • Rebecca O’Conner, Vice President for Public Policy, Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Stephanie Pell,  Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society
  •  Colin Starger, University of Baltimore School of Law
For more information, visit the website here.
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” appeared in the American Criminal Law Review in 2012.