Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wayne McKenzie Visits UC Law - Feb 2nd!

Wayne McKenzie, The Vera Institute of Justice, Visits UC Law

*Journey to Justice
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Location: Crow's Nest
Topic: Mr. McKenzie will discuss his cutting edge work as well as career highlights.
Moderator: Kelvin Morris '12

*Prosecution & Racial Justice
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Location: Room 114
Topic: Don't miss this panel discussion on the causes, consequences, and cures of racial and ethnic disproportionality in conviction and incarceration rates. This event will be moderated by Professor Janet Moore.
Panel participants include:
Angelina Jackson, Staff Attorney and Director of the Race & Justice Project, Ohio Justice and Policy Center. A UC Law graduate, she has worked as an associate attorney with Dinsmore and Shohl, practicing in the areas of civil litigation and criminal defense. Through Dinsmore programs with the Hamilton County Public Defender and Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, Jackson represented indigent defendants in eviction actions, expungements, and misdemeanor and felony offenses.
Steve Tolbert, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office. Tolbert is in charge of the Municipal Division, overseeing twelve attorneys that handle tens of thousands of misdemeanor cases that come through the system each year. From 2005 through 2009, he ran the grand jury, preparing and presenting 10,000 cases annually, giving him first-hand knowledge of the "pulse" of the tri-state community.
Janaya Trotter, Attorney, Ritter & Randolph, LLC. Trotter practices in the firm's litigation department. Before joining R&R, she was an assistant prosecuting attorney with the City of Cincinnati. in addition to serving in this role, she also worked as one of  two environmental litigation attorneys for the City.
Wayne McKenzie, the Vera Institute. Profile featured below.

Meet Wayne McKenzie
Wayne McKenzie is a former prosecutor who, today, works with prosecutorial offices around the country to reduce racial disparities in criminal cases. He joined The Vera Institute in 2005 as the Director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Project. Prior to joining Vera he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where he held several supervisory positions, the last being deputy bureau chief of the Crimes Against Children Bureau. He is a past president of the National Black Prosecutors Association. McKenzie is also a trial advocacy faculty instructor at the Ernest Hollings National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Additionally, he has appeared as a legal analyst on Court TV and Fox TV’s cable news and has presented on criminal justice issues in the United States and the United Kingdom. Wayne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from The City College of New York and was in the master’s program in microbiology. He received his JD from George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC.  For more information, visit the website at http://www.vera.org/users/wmckenzie
The Ohio Justice and Policy Center, the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and the Rosenthal Institue for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project are co-sponsoring this event. The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent criminal justice research and policy reform think tank with offices in NYC, D.C., and New Orleans.http://www.vera.org/
Date Time: 
February 2, 2011 - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Crow's Nest (3rd Fl.) and Room 114

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