Say Her Name: Andrea Ritchie on the Need for an Intersectional Approach to the Police/State

In a Mother Jones profile written this past summer, Intersectionality panelist Andrea Ritchie talks about Rekia Boyd and the other black women who have been killed at the hands of police. As the Police/State Symposium nears, arm yourself with knowledge about the issues!

“Police Kill Black Women Too—and We Don’t Talk About it Enough”


Looking Back: Paul Butler Talks Jury Nullification on Donahue

It’s hard to believe, but this episode of The Phil Donahue Show was recorded 20 years ago! Watch closely as Professor Paul Butler makes his argument for racially-based jury nullification. Butler’s argument is as compelling and provocative today as it was in 1995. All six parts of the episode are available on YouTube.

Don’t miss out on Professor Butler’s keynote address this Friday, at The Georgetown Law Journal’s volume 104 symposium, Police/State: Race, Power, and Control.

Jamar Clark: Minneapolis Man on Life Support After Being Shot by Police in Latest Episode of Police/State Violence

Witnesses say he was handcuffed. USA Today emphasizes his criminal record. Protests and a call for accountability have ensued in the wake of another police shooting of an unarmed black man. Will the call be answered, or will the use of Police/State force against Jamar Clark receive that multi-syllabic stamp of social approval—”justifiable”?

Welcome to the Police/State Site!

Hello, and thank you for visiting the website of the upcoming Georgetown Law Journal Symposium, “Police/State: Race, Power, and Control.”

In the weeks leading up to the event, this site will host the most updated schedule of events with links to panelist bios and organizational homepages. We will also post relevant news articles and commentaries, event updates, and more, to maximize the impact of a new kind of scholarly legal symposium.

The idea behind Police/State is to take the conversation out of the ivory tower of academia and engage leading legal thinkers with practitioners and activists to root out the causes and imagine solutions to one of the most devastating crises of our time. In that spirit, we invite all visitors to this site to join the conversation: post comments, engage in dialogue, and send us suggestions at And stay tuned for more content and updates!