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Victor S. Johnson Lecture on Barry Friedman's book 'Unwarranted Policing Without Permission'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

Friedman book cover2017 Victor S. Johnson Lecture and a celebration of Barry Friedman’s book, Unwarranted Policing Without Permission will be held in Flynn Auditorium of Vanderbilt Law School at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Barry Friedman serves as the Director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law, where he is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics. He is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts, having taught, written about, and litigated in these areas for over thirty years.

For much of the last four years, policing and surveillance often have dominated the headlines.  In June of 2013, Edward Snowden shook the country with news that the government was conducting widespread surveillance of all of us.  In August of 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown kicked off widespread protests in Ferguson, Missouri – protests which continued around the country after one officer-involved shooting following another.  At the same time, “proactive” policing tactics like stop-and-frisk have been hotly-debated, and secret surveillance continues to be an issue, such as the use by law enforcement of Stingray cell-tracking devices.  Most recently, the Trump Administration has threatened to send federal agents into Chicago to stop gun violence there, and has sought to enlist local police officers in immigration enforcement.  Each of these may seem to be its own, separate problem, but in his talk, Barry Friedman will explain that they are all related – by a failure to engage in democratic policing.  He also will discuss the work being done by the Policing Project at NYU Law to change things. 

This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by the Victor S. Johnson Lecture which features a distinguished speaker who addresses a certain aspect of the law and its relation to public policy. The lecture is endowed by Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III '74 in honor of his grandfather. Lunch will be served.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.