Coping with COVID: How Courts Are Addressing Racial Disparities in the Administration of Justice

Since the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, civil unrest has spread throughout the United States, causing many American citizens to question racial equality in every corner of our society. In this episode we will explore one of those corners, the justice system, to discuss how our courts and judges are addressing the complex topic of racism and racial disparities. ALI President and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, David F. Levi is joined by Cheri Beasley (North Carolina Supreme Court), Charles R. Breyer (N.D. Cal.), Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court), and Raymond Lohier (2nd Circuit) to also explore racial education programs for federal judges, the disparities in sentencing for Black men in the U.S., and the obligation judges and justices have to provide a justice system that works fairly for all Americans.

This episode was produced jointly by The American Law Institute and the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. To listen to the podcast version of this episode, visit The full episode transcript is available here. Please excuse typos due to inaudible passages or transcription errors.

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Published: 2020


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