The Criminal Justice Program
and Criminal Justice Law Review
Annual Symposium

Reimagining the
Criminal Justice System

February 22, 2019
UCLA School of Law, Room 1347

Symposium Program




Opening remarks - Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean, David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, and Faculty Co-Director, PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence), UCLA School of Law


Reimagining Public Safety: Examining the Role of the Police - MCLE Materials

This panel starts from the understanding that many law enforcement structures and practices disproportionately impact communities of color, poor communities, queer and trans communities, and other marginalized communities. These systems may engender distrust in on all sides, often contributing to decreased feelings of safety. Panelists will focus their remarks on their perspectives for understanding the current law enforcement system and then turn to the central question: how do we create a society of trust, safety & security for all?

  • Moderator: Joanna Schwartz, Vice Dean for Faculty Development & Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Devon Carbado, Associate Vice Chancellor of Bruin X for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA
  • Anthony Robles, Youth Justice Coalition
  • Hilary Rau, Research Scholar, Center for Policing Equity
  • Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County


Reimagining Courts: Examining the Role of Prosecutors, Public Defenders, and Judges - MCLE Materials

This panel starts from the understanding that courts are structured in such a way that constitutional protections for those accused vary in enforcement from one jurisdiction to the next, and meaningful engagement of victims’/survivors’ voices is often not a priority. This panel will focus on the movement towards fulfilling the right to counsel for all, the progressive prosecution movement, and the role judges can or should play in advancing a vision of a more just criminal legal system. Panelists will discuss their individual theoretical and practical interventions into the current system and the outcomes they hope to see as a result.

  • Moderator: Beth Colgan, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Angela J. Davis, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Judge Kimberly Baker Guillemet, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Jonathan Rapping, Founder/President, Gideon’s Promise
  • Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney


Keynote Speaker: Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights


Reimagining Punishment: Examining the Role of Jails and Prisons - MCLE Materials

This panel starts from the understanding that the United States has the highest rate of incarceration per capita in the world, and that often jails and prisons are not places where people can heal, learn, feel safe, make economic gains or maintain mental and physical health. The punitive and carceral system thus often leads to high rates of recidivism and great economic/mental health and other harms to those incarcerated as well as their families and communities. The panelists will address what they think the outcomes should be after a crime/harm occurs, and what do alternatives to incarceration/current sentencing schemes look like that do work to eliminate the social harms of incarceration?

  • Moderator: Sharon Dolovich, Professor of Law & Faculty Director, UCLA Prison Law & Policy Program, UCLA School of Law
  • Thalia Gonzalez, Senior Visiting Scholar, Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jay Jordan, Time Done/Second Chances Project Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
  • Taylor Lytle, California Coalition for Women Prisoners
  • Sheila Mitchell, Chief Deputy of Juvenile Services, County of Los Angeles Probation Department


Community Engagement in Reimagining the Criminal Legal System - MCLE Materials

This panel will provide the symposium audience with innovative interventions into the criminal legal system led by community efforts. Panelists will discuss community-based oversight of the system, community insight into the harm of gender normative practices of the carceral system, and best practices in engaging with and lifting up the voices of survivors of crime. The discussion will focus around the central questions of when and why are community member’s voices left out, what we lose when their voices are marginalized, and how to support community-created and community-led solutions.

  • Moderator: Jennifer Chacón, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Lily Gonzalez, California State University Northridge
  • Riley Hewko, Assistant Ombuds on Gender Equity and Vulnerable Populations, Office of Corrections Ombuds, Washington State
  • Raj Jayadev, Community Organizer, Silicon Valley De-Bug
  • Aqeela Sherrills, Senior Project Manager, Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice


Criminal Justice Program Happy Hour