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  • BRIEF: International Pursuit of Justice Conference to be held at Gonzaga this month, features top speakers, scholars

    SpokaneFAVS - 04/08/2013

    Legal scholar Paul Butler and criminologist Jack Levin will headline “The Pursuit of Justice,” a three-day conference featuring nationally and internationally recognized scholars April 18-20 at Gonzaga University. Its theme is “Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality.”

    Butler, an award-winning Georgetown University law professor and former federal prosecutor, is a well-known figure on race and the criminal justice system, according to a press release. The author of “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,” he focuses on ordinary people’s encounters with the criminal justice system as jurors, witnesses, and through law enforcement. Butler has presented his insights on such matters as racial profiling and jury nullification in The New York Times, on 60 Minutes, and in other major media.

    Levin is a leading authority on how to understand and address hate crimes, domestic terrorism, mass murder, serial killing and other violence, according to a press release. A Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, Levin co-directs the Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored 30 books and more than 150 articles and appears frequently in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Huffington Post, and major television news programs.