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Racial Makeup of Juries Will Be Topic at Cumberland Symposium

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-01-27


Attorney and federal defender Carlos Williams will address the annual Thurgood Marshall symposium at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Feb. 9.

Williams, executive director of the southern district of the Alabama Federal Defenders Organization, Inc., will speak at 11 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building. The public is invited free of charge.

The theme of the program is “Race Matters: A conversation about how the racial composition of a jury affects trial proceedings and a defendant’s outcomes.”

Williams, a former staff attorney with Legal Services Corporation of Alabama and director of its migrant project, is a past president of the Mobile Bar Association.

The Thurgood Marshall symposium is named to honor the first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cumberland’s Black Law Students Association hosts the symposium annually during Black History Month to promote awareness of legal issues involving minorities.

Nannie Reed, a second-year law student from Los Angeles, Calif., is symposium organizer.


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