• May 28
    Motley Speaker Series | Race Is Evidence: Exploring Discrimination in the Rules of Evidence
    Tuesday, May 28 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

    The Rules of Evidence are used on a daily basis in the legal system, but little thought is given to how those rules reflect the cultural norms, sensibilities, and racial biases operating at an institutional and societal level at the time they were written. Practitioners and laypeople alike may believe that the Rules of Evidence are unbiased and equitable, but we find racially coded language throughout, and the application of these rules cannot escape the system in which they are employed. Often times, race and racism themselves are used as de facto evidence and sources of proof. This program will explore the development of the Rules of Evidence, examining what was going on at the time the rules were developed, the many examples of how parties do not experience equitable evidentiary burdens, and the negative effect that racially-biased use of the Rules of Evidence can have on the economic empowerment of people of color. From lack of evidentiary scrutiny to the introduction of antiracist expert evidence, we can see how race is used as a proxy for credibility and character, further enflaming racial stereotypes and negatively influencing jurisprudential decision making.

  • Jun 10
    2024 Connecticut Legal Conference
    Connecticut Convention Center
    100 Columbus Blvd.
    United States
    Monday, Jun 10 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
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    2024 Connecticut Legal Conference - June 10, 2024, at the Connecticut Convention Center.