Finding Common Ground Between Public Safety and Racial Justice—All for the Common Good

Five Observations from public forum on race, police cohosted by Murphy Institute and Holloran Center at St. Thomas School of Law

A public forum at the University of St. Thomas School of Law

Date & Time:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM



This event is free and open to the public and has been approved for 2.0 Elimination of Bias CLE credits (event code: 226193).


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Schulze Grand Atrium
1101 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 
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This public forum is a candid, critical dialogue on public safety and racial justice, where we will seek to understand other perspectives, foster mutual respect, build bridges across differences and promote community engagement. The forum will be held from 4-6 p.m., with a light reception following until 6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. 

Confirmed participants include:

  • Cedric Alexander, Psy.D., CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, Member of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and Director of Public Safety for Dekalb County, Georgia
  • Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney
  • Mike Goldstein, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the City of Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, President of the Minneapolis NAACP
  • R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation and Former Mayor of the City of Minneapolis
  • Nkechi Taifa, Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice for the Open Society Foundations

Moderating the program will be University of St. Thomas School of Law professors Mark Osler and Hank Shea. Opening comments will be provided by Robert Vischer, dean of St. Thomas Law, and closing comments will be made by Dr. Julie Sullivan, president of the University of St. Thomas.

This event is cosponsored by the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.