ACLU of Washington CLE: Incorporating Race Equity into Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
WSBA Event ID #1165763, Approved for 2.0 Ethics Credits

Twyla Carter is a frequent speaker about bail and police reform and how to incorporate race and culture into litigation. Ms. Carter’s presentation covers the history of slavery and how white supremacy and racism continue to permeate American society, and explains how attorneys can weave race and culture into their litigation work to help tell the client's personal story. The presentation emphasizes building to a better practice – being aware of the race equity aspects of a case, investigating them fully, linking them to legal arguments applicable to various aspects of a case, and persuasively presenting the information to the prosecutor, jurors, and judges. As just one example, the presentation shows how a BIPOC client’s behavior like running from the police may satisfy the objective reasonable person standard if the reasonable person standard is not viewed through a white lens. The presentation discusses how attorneys’ commitment to handling cases this way is an essential component of fighting back against systemic racism and both explicit and implicit bias in the legal system. 

All attendees will be entered into a drawing for an ACLU of Washington prize package.
Are you interested in volunteering as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Washington?
We have long worked with volunteer cooperating attorneys to help protect and promote civil liberties throughout the state. The work available at any given time for volunteer cooperating attorneys varies quite a bit, but may include trial-level and appellate litigation, policy advocacy, research and consulting projects, legislation, and ordinance issues, speaking at CLEs or at know-your-rights events, drafting publications, and more.