Racism, Mass Criminalization, and Legal Change

The online educational series "Engaging Racism: Conversations for Change" presents a talk by Matthew Clair, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and (by courtesy) the Law School at Florida State University. 

Dr. Clair's research interests include law and society, race and ethnicity, social inequality, cultural sociology, criminal justice, and qualitative methods.

His book Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court shows how race and class inequalities in the criminal legal system are embedded in and reproduced through the attorney-client relationship. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic and interview data, his book shows how lawyers and judges often silence, coerce and punish disadvantaged defendants who attempt to advocate for themselves in court but reward privileged defendants who trust in and defer to their lawyers’ legal expertise. These dynamics reveal a paradox of legal control: striving to exercise one’s legal rights often backfires for the poor and people of color.

Each speaker in the series will present a talk for about one hour followed by a live Q&A session. The following Tuesday, participants will engage in a discussion of the topics presented the week before. The post-lecture discussion on Dr. Clair's talk will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30pm.

Optional guided meditation led by Guo Gu (the founder and teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Center) starting at 7:00pm.

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Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcumoqj8jE9EQMFe1tyIHUQFZsI5CpRak

Zoom link to join session will be sent upon registration.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:30pm

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