Emroch Lecture Series: Tracey L. Meares

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

School of Law, Moot Courtroom
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Richmond Law is delighted to welcome Tracey L. Meares on Thursday, Feb. 7. Professor Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor and a Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. She is a nationally-recognized expert on policing in urban communities and a scholar of criminal procedure and policy. In 2014, President Obama named Professor Meares as a member of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and she has served on multiple federal government committees. 

Theories of Community in Popular Legitimacy

The notion of “community” looms large in discussions of the legitimacy of legal authorities. In this presentation, Prof. Meares will focus on popular legitimacy — the social psychology of how people come to conclusions about the fairness of police, prosecutors, and judges. Prof. Meares’ research makes clear that people typically care much more about how they are treated as opposed to particular outcomes — and at the same time demonstrates how our relationships with legal authorities impact how we understand one another.

There is no cost to attend. Reception to follow.

Contact: Mary Ruth Walters