Law School to host conference on ‘Policing and Accountability — A Community Conversation,’ March 10

The Marquette University Law School’s Lubar Center will host a virtual conference titled, “Policing and Accountability – A Community Conversation” on Wednesday, March 10, at 12:15 p.m.  

The conference will focus on what can be done to improve relations between law enforcement and the community, and what the law tells us about how deadly-force incidents are investigated and charged.

After aintroduction by Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Law School, and Dr. William C. Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, the conference consist of two parts. 

The first part of the conference will feature a conversation moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, among: 

  • Amanda Avalos, Milwaukee Fire and Police commissioner 
  • Nate Hamiltonchair of the Community Collaborative Commission whose brother Dontre was shot and killed by police in April 2014 
  • Earnell Lucas, Milwaukee County Sheriff 
  • Jeffrey Norman, City of Milwaukee Interim Police Chief 

The conference’s second part will look at the legal and statutory considerations when investigating and charging decisions are determined. Steve Biskupic, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and adjunct professor of law, will moderate a panel with: 

  • John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney 
  • Josh Kaul, Wisconsin Attorney General 
  • Kimberley MotleyDefense attorney who has represented family members of individuals who died in incidents involving police 

With questions, contact Hilary DeBlois, program manager.