Childress Lecture 2018: Exploring #STL2039: Policies for a Better Future

Friday, October 5, 2018 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

John K. Pruellage Courtroom

5.2 MO CLE credits available

The annual Richard J. Childress Memorial Lecture and Symposium will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. This year's theme will explore Forward Through Ferguson's #STL2039 Action Plan, which imagines a future St. Louis where race no longer predicts life outcomes.

An engaging series of panels will explore criminology and crime control; education reform; and race, health, and social justice.

Tracey Meares is the event's keynote speaker. Meares is the Walter Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and founding member of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School. 

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Tracey MearesKeynote Speaker: Tracey L. Meares

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School

Before joining the faculty at Yale, Tracey L. Meares was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1995 to 2007. She was the first African American woman to be granted tenure at both law schools.

Prof. Meares is a nationally recognized expert on policing in urban communities, and her research focuses on understanding how members of the public think about their relationship(s) with legal authorities such as police, prosecutors and judges. She teaches courses on criminal procedure, criminal law and policy, and she has worked extensively with the federal government, having served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council standing committee and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.

In December 2014, President Obama named her as a member of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She has a B.S. in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.


Friday, Oct. 5

8 to 9 a.m.: Registration
9 to 9:45 a.m.: Childress Lecture: “Synthesizing Narratives of Policing,” Tracey Meares, Yale Law School
10 to 11 a.m.: Panel 1: Criminology and Crime Control

  • Adam Boessen, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
  • Emily Stahly, The Show-Me Institute

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Panel 2: Education Reform

  • Phillip Boyd, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services, Ferguson-Florissant School District; Forward Through Ferguson Board Member
  • Susan Pendergrass, Director of Research and Education Policy, The Show-Me Institute
  • Anders Walker, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement and Lillie Myers Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.: Break
1:15 to 3 p.m.: Panel 3: Race, Health, and Justice

  • Karen Bradshaw, Community Referral Coordinator Program Director, St. Louis Integrated Health Network
  • David Dwight, Senior Strategy and Partnerships Catalyst, Forward Through Ferguson
  • Keon L. Gilbert, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
  • Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Stephanie McClure, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Alabama
  • Sidney D. Watson, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies
  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law Center for Health Law Studies; Director, University Social Justice Institute


Susie Lee