Professor Kami Chavis discusses gun violence at National Forum of Black Public Administrators

Wake Forest Law School professor Kami Simmons.

Wake Forest University Associate Provost Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, participated in a panel discussion at the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. The panel and roundtable at the event, which continued through April 22, were focused on strategies to reduce gun violence.

The NFBPA and the Joyce Foundation partnered with the Joint Center to host the event. NFBPA is the principal organization dedicated to advancing black public leadership in local and state governments. According to the NFBPA homepage, the organization has established a national reputation for designing and implementing quality leadership development initiatives of unparalleled success and includes more than 2,500 members.

City managers and law enforcement personnel were the primary attendees at the event. Professor Chavis specifically discussed the intersection between police-community relations and gun violence. Professor Chavis frequently makes presentations on law-enforcement issues and is a leader in the field of police accountability.

After earning her JD from Harvard Law School, Professor Chavis worked as an associate at private law firms in Washington, D.C., according to her faculty profile. In 2003, she became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012. In 2015, Professor Chavis was appointed as a Senior Academic Fellow at the Joint Center for Political And Economic Studies.

Professor Chavis’s 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.Her articles have appeared in the American Criminal 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, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, along with others. She has appeared on CNN, CTV, and NPR.