Event Details

Voices of Diversity: Justice & Mass Incarceration Pt. I

January 28, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Campus: Virtual
Location: Virtual See Event Details
​ The Voices of Diversity Series is aimed towards educating students, faculty and staff on the significance of having an inclusive and diverse environment. 

Join us as Ronnie Long and Jamie Lau of the Duke University School of Law bring a national perspective on the existing disparities within the criminal legal system and the disproportionality of incarcerated Black Americans - including those who are wrongfully convicted. 

Ronnie Long spent 44 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Long was convicted of burglary and rape in 1976 for the assault of a prominent North Carolina widow and was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences. The only evidence connecting him to the crime was the victim’s identification of him, which resulted from a highly unusual identification procedure. Long, who is African-American, was also tried by an all-white jury, after the local sheriff struck names off the jury roster of people he thought unsuited for jury service. With the assistance of his attorney, Jamie Lau of the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Ronnie was finally freed on August 27th, 2020. Learn more about Ronnie's story here.

Jamie Lau is a clinical professor of law, supervising attorney for the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and faculty adviser to the Innocence Project. Lau also co-teaches a seminar on wrongful conviction. Lau’s law practice includes representing inmates asserting innocence in state and federal court. 

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