SWLAW Blog | Diversity
February 15, 2021
NIMJ - Racial Disparities In Military Justice (A Conversation)
Racism has long corrupted American military justice – famously exemplified by the 1917 Houston riots, which resulted in the Army’s summary execution of 19 African American soldiers after sham trials. In 2019, the Government Accountability Office found that in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, black service members “were about twice as likely as white servicemembers to be tried in general and special courts-martial.”
Such disparities still exist within the American military’s criminal justice and disciplinary systems, and demand action.
This is precisely why the National Institute of Military Justice, HOFSTRA University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law, and Southwestern Law School's Armed Forces Law Society are co-hosting this important event.
Moderator Rachel Van Landingham - NIMJ President-elect, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School, Lt Col, USAF (ret.), will lead a candid discussion with an impressive panel including:
- President of Protect Our Defenders, Don Christensen, Colonel, USAF (ret.)
- Joshua Kastenberg, University of New Mexico Law School, Lt Col, USAF (ret.)
- Lieutenant Colonel Patricia Harris, US Army (ret.)
- Ms. Coretta Gray (US Air Force veteran)
Colonel Raymond Jackson, US Army (ret.)
This is not your typical ZOOM display of talking heads; this is going to get real.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern/3:00 p.m. Pacific.
Click here or use ZOOM ID: 967 4003 3994 and Passcode 165249.