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The Razor’s Edge: The Fate of Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement

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Wednesday May 05, 2021 | Original Broadcast

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Recent events have cast a national spotlight on qualified immunity and law enforcement. Across the political spectrum, perspectives on the justification for or argument against qualified immunity continue to foster debate, with elected officials at both a national and municipal level weighing controversial legislation to hold law enforcement personnel more accountable than ever. This conversation offers a nuanced look at the fate of qualified immunity today. On the heels of the recent United States Supreme Court opinions (Zadeh v. Robinson, Corbitt v. Vickers, and Baxter v. Bracey) that acknowledge clear constitutional violations at the hands of law enforcement personnel but stop well short of reconsidering qualified immunity altogether, will the rising tide of legislative scrutiny ultimately sink or buoy qualified immunity as we know it?

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  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers it an honor and privilege to host this timely and earnest dialogue on sociopolitical change
  • Our panel offers a comprehensive take on qualified immunity with insights both for and against calls for reform
  • Participants are invited to submit questions and engage our presenters throughout the conversation

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  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Diversity & Inclusion professionals, allies and advocates
  • Community leaders
  • Social justice advocates and allies

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Chair(s) Faculty
Axel Threlfall
Editor at Large, Reuters
Andrew Chung
Correspondent, U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters
Hugh M. Mo, Esq.
Chairman, Asian-American Police Executives Council
Mahogane Reed
John Payton Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Jay Schweikert
Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

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Wednesday May 05, 2021

12:00 PM ET The Razor’s Edge: The Fate of Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement

Recent events have cast a national spotlight on qualified immunity and law enforcement. Across the political spectrum, perspectives on the justification for or argument against qualified immunity continue to foster debate, with elected officials at both a national and municipal level weighing controversial legislation to hold law enforcement personnel more accountable than ever. This conversation offers a nuanced look at the fate of qualified immunity today. On the heels of the recent United States Supreme Court opinions (Zadeh v. Robinson, Corbitt v. Vickers, and Baxter v. Bracey) that acknowledge clear constitutional violations at the hands of law enforcement personnel but stop well short of reconsidering qualified immunity altogether, will the rising tide of legislative scrutiny ultimately sink or buoy qualified immunity as we know it?

Moderator:
Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large, Reuters

Panelists:
Andrew Chung, Correspondent, U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters
Hugh H. Mo, Esq., Chairman, Asian-American Police Executives Council; Founder, The Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C.; Former Deputy Commissioner of Trials, New York Police Department (1984-1988)
Mahogane Reed, John Payton Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Jay Schweikert, Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

1:15 PM ET Conclusion

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