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11th Annual Summit on Justice & Disparities

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(Subject to Change)

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM Registration, located in the lobby area.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Exhibits Booths & Resources- "Suspended: Systemic Oppression in our Schools", developed by the African American Museum of Iowa. Other exhibits from various organizations,  Plenary Area

8:00 AM - 9:10 AM Breakfast & Summit Opening:

Iowa's Juvenile Justice Task Force Recommendations and Game Changing Diversion Program Chad Jensen, Director of Juvenile Court Services, Iowa Supreme Court

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  Morning Plenary Power Panel:

The State of Justice in Iowa

Moderator: Paxton Williams, President, Iowa National Bar Association

Panelists:  Richard D. Westphal, United States Attorney, Department of Justice, Jeff Wright, State Public Defender, Kameron Middlebrooks, Reform Alliance, Kimberly Graham, Polk County Prosecutor, Department of Corrections and Steve Michael, Division Administrator, Department of Human Rights, Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP)

10:25 AM - 11:15 AM Session One Workshops & Power Panels

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM Session Two Workshops & Power Panels

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Luncheon & Summit  Keynote:

Dr. Yusef Salaam, Prison Reform Activist and Member of the Exonerated Five

1:30 PM - 2:25 PM Afternoon Plenary Power Panel:

How School Districts Can Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline 

Moderator: Victoria Henderson-Weber

Panelist:   Superintendents Dr. Ian Roberts of Des Moines, Dr. Eric Pruitt of Ankeny and Dr. Julious Lawson of Ames

2:25 PM - 2:35 PM Summit Refreshment Break

2:35 PM - 3:30 PM Session Three Workshops & Power Panels

3:35 PM - 4:30 PM Closing Keynote & Final Charge : 

History and The New Course for Affirmative Action

Professors Eric Berger and Danielle Jefferis of the University of Nebraska Law School  

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Keynotes, Workshops & Power Panel Topics

The Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities through workshops, power panels and plenary sessions will include awareness, training, networking, and action steps around the following subject matter areas and much more:  

  • Strategies for Systemic Criminal Justice Reform

  • Addressing Iowa's Highly Disparate Justice Statistics

  • Addressing Juvenile Justice Inequities

  • 2023 Advocacy Climate

  • The Role of the Prosecutor

  • Building Community - Law Enforcement Relationships

  • Eliminating Racial Profiling

  • Meeting Victim's Needs

  • Recruiting and Hiring Diverse Law Enforcement Officers

  • Justice in the Legislative Session - Reviewing 2022 and Gearing Up for 2023 

  • Implicit Bias  in the Justice System

  • Juvenile Justice Best Practices

  • Impact of New Policing Laws

  • City & County Ordinances

  • Re-examining Cash Bail Bonds

  • Jury Diversity

  • Fair Chance Employment - "Ban the Box"

  • Court Fines and Fees

  • School to Prison Pipeline

  • Bi-Partisan Reform Efforts

  • Successful Re-entry

  • Exploring Cries For Policing Reform

  • Minority Impact Laws

  • Other areas of disparity (Economic, Health, and Education)




The Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities receives approval yearly for :
Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLEs) through the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education ...and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the Iowa Board of Social Work and the Iowa Board of Behavioral Health.  We are consistently approved for 5.5 - 7 credits each year.  Exact totals and instructions will be on the event playbill.

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