“Defund the Police,” Wrongful Convictions, & Radical Change Part 1: An Interview with Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan

“Defund the Police,” Wrongful Convictions, & Radical Change Part 1: An Interview with Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan

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Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan serves as Director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute & Trial Advocacy Workshop. He has reportedly freed more wrongfully convicted people than any other attorney in history, with more than 6,000 releases and counting. Today, he joins Jelena & Branden to talk about this unparalleled moment in U.S. history.

In this interview, Professor Sullivan discusses . . .

  1. Moving Harvard Law School online during COVID-19
  2. Police divestment vs. abolition . . . and what society could do with money reclaimed
  3. Why most people currently in prison shouldn’t be incarcerated at all
  4. Representing the family of Michael Brown and the role of civil settlements in police accountability
  5. President Trump’s EO creating a database of police officers with a history of brutality
  6. Why he took Harvey Weinstein as a client and the personal fallout that ensued
  7. The potential role of reparations in addressing racial wealth gaps in the U.S.
  8. His advice for future lawyers on pursuing a public service career
  9. The age-old question, “Can you make a living as a public interest attorney?”

Links and further resources from from this week’s episode:

About Professor Sullivan: https://bit.ly/30Ssums

Prof. Sullivan’s TED Talk, “How I Free Innocent People from Prison”: https://bit.ly/3fBPVV5

Prof. Sullivan’s TEDx Talk, “Justice Is a Decision”: https://bit.ly/3efafLT

TestMax Justice in Action Program: https://bit.ly/3hHWR56

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Start Your 1L Free Trial Now & Hear Prof. Sullivan's Lecture on Criminal Law: - https://go.onelink.me/iOM8/68e2c335

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Ronald Sullivan

Ronald Sullivan

Professor Sullivan is a professor at Harvard Law School and a leading theorist in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, trial practice and techniques, legal ethics, and race theory. He is the faculty director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop. Professor Sullivan also serves as Faculty Dean of Winthrop House at Harvard College. He is the first African American ever appointed Faculty Dean in Harvard's history. He is a founding member and Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Project. Professor Sullivan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and the Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Black Law Students Association and as General Editor of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal.

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