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St. John’s School of Law, Law Review Symposium 2021

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Multiple Marginalization in the Criminal Justice System Before, During, and After Prison

Join us virtually for an insightful discussion about how various identities impact an individual's journey throughout the criminal justice system.

Friday, October 8, 2021

11 AM - 2 PM, EST

Via Zoom

Those who are accused of crime are already at risk of discrimination or disparate treatment because of their charges. Multiple marginalization refers to the stigma and discrimination that affect individuals who are also members of historically oppressed groups. The Symposium will bring together a diverse group of legal scholars, including Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia Law School, to engage in discussions about how an accused’s multiple identities, including race, disability, age, gender identity, and sex, intersect with the criminal charges against the individual.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing, and the deaths of many others at the hands of law enforcement, it is critical to discuss the ways that many of those accused of crimes are multiply oppressed in order to inform our collective and individual perspectives on our criminal justice system, and ultimately on how we can effectuate change. The Symposium is part of the Law Review’s commitment to social justice and anti-racist education, and, we hope, a step forward in our school's pursuit of becoming an actively anti-racist institution. The St. John’s Law Review will feature Symposium panelists who are prepared to write and speak about how individuals of “target” or historically oppressed identities are disparately impacted by the criminal justice system pre-sentencing, while serving prison sentences, and when reentering society.


Opening Remarks | 11 - 11:10 a.m. | Opening Remarks by Dean Michael A. Simons

Professor Fagan | 11:10 a.m. | Indignities of Order Maintenance Policing

Professor Saleh | 11:20 a.m. | Falling Away Into Disease: The Stubborn Appeal of Disability-Deviance Narratives in American Crime Control Policy

Ms. Merrigan, Mr. Maldonado | 11:30 a.m. | From Criminalization to Prisonization: Suppression of Agency, Autonomy and Access in U.S. Prisons and Reentry Initiative

Ms. Merrigan, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Mills | 11:40 a.m. | Death by Dehumanization: Prosecutorial Narratives of Death-Sentenced Women and LGBTQ Prisoners

Q & A | 11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Student Q & A

Break | 12:15 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. | Lunch

Katherine Gerald from the Women's Project | 12:40 p.m. | Personal Experience

Professor González | 12:50 p.m. | A Call for an Intersectional Feminist Restorative Justice Approach to Addressing the Criminalization of Girls of Color


Professor Howell | 1:10 p.m. | On Gang Label and multiple marginalization

Q & A | 1:20 - 1:45 p.m. | Student Q & A

Conclusion | 1:45 - 2 p.m. | Conclusion


Donna Coker, Professor of Law & Dean's Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law

Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law

Katherine Gerald, advocate, survivor of domestic violence, organizer and founding member of Voices of Women Organizing Project, Battered Women’s Resource Center.

Thalia González, Senior Scholar at Georgetown Law (Center on Poverty & Inequality) and Professor of Law & Politics, Occidental College

K. Babe Howell, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

Marco Maldonado, Legal Apprentice and Certified Legal Reference Aide, Phillips Black

Jennifer Merrigan, Founding Principal Attorney, Phillips Black , Inc.

John Mills, Founding Principal Attorney, Phillips Black, Inc.

S. David Mitchell, Co-Director of Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice and Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law

Michael Onah, Associate Attorney, Phillips Black, Inc.

Matthew Saleh, J.D., Ph.D., Engaged Faculty Fellow at Cornell University, and Research Associate at the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell ILR School

Jessica Sutton, Special Counsel, Phillips Black, Inc.

Kristin Swain, Associate Attorney, Phillips Black, Inc.

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