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The Forum with Lara Bazelon — The Power of Restorative Justice
Monday, October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree and open to all
In the courtroom, there are always—and only— two irreconcilable sides of the same story. When the wrong story prevails, justice is perverted and an innocent person is condemned. When there is an exoneration, we expect a happy ending. But an exoneration can be an earthquake that leaves behind upheaval and ruin. What is the way forward?
Join us to hear from Lara Bazelon, attorney, professor and director of the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics at USF, and author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young about breaking down stereotypes and preconceptions about crime and justice, and asking the hard questions about what is right and fair and possible in our lifetime.
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About the guest
Lara Bazelon is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she holds the Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy and directs the Criminal & Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics. Before that she directed an innocence project at Loyola Law School and before that she was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles. Her op-eds and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Magazine, and she is a contributing writer for Slate and Politico Magazine. Professor Bazelon’s scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of ethics and criminal advocacy; more recently, she has written about restorative justice as an alternative to criminal prosecution. She is the author of RECTIFY: THE POWER OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AFTER WRONGFUL CONVICTION (Beacon 2018).
About the host
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world. More about Grace Forum Online.