Associate Provost Kami Chavis to speak at Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Sept. 22

Photo of Wake Forest Law Professor Kami Chavis inside the Worrell Professional Center

Associate Provost and Professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, will speak on a panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Policy Conference on Friday, Sept. 22.  The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The discussion is titled “Building Safe and Just Communities” and is meant to equip those interested in pursuing state and community-level efforts to build safe and just communities, according to a press release.

Topics include gun-related violence as a U.S. public health crisis and the justice system’s response to this violence, which result in a “devastating double blow to communities of color.”  According to the organization, the system’s response involves “intrusive policing tactics and an overreliance on incarceration, destabiliz[ing] neighborhoods and damag[ing] police-community relations.”

Professor Chavis has substantial practice experience and writes and teaches in areas related to criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal justice reform.  She frequently makes presentations on law-enforcement issues and is a leader in the field of police accountability.

Her articles have appeared in the American Criminial Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology,  the University of Alabama Law Review, and the Catholic University Law Review, and other legal journals. Her research focuses on using Cooperative Federalism principles and stakeholder participation to implement sustainable reforms in the criminal justice system.  She writes in the areas of police and prosecutorial accountability, federal hate crimes legislation and enforcement, and racial profiling.