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What does “Defund the Police” mean here in D.C. and in 2021?

  • When: 03 August 2021, 12:00 pm
  • Where: Zoom
  • Cost: Free for Washington Council of Lawyers members

Join the DC Bar Public Interest and Courts Community on Tuesday, August 3, at 12:00 pm ET for an insightful conversation between civil rights lawyer Tahir Duckett and Georgetown Law Professor Christy Lopez on Defund the Police.

The program features Christy Lopez, professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and Tahir Duckette, a civil rights lawyer at Relman Colfax PLLC — experts on the current state of policing and some of the police reforms being considered by policymakers in the District.

Professor Lopez and Mr. Duckett will seek to explain what advocates, including the Black Lives Matter movement, actually mean when they call for “defunding” the police. From there, they will discuss some of the major reforms being called for in the District, the practical steps to implementing those reforms, and how changes to our traditional concepts of policing might impact public safety and crisis outcomes in our communities.

This program organized by the D.C. Bar Public Interest and Courts Community is open to everyone.  As a co-sponsoring organization, registration is free for Washington Council of Lawyers members (join). To register, simply email by Friday, July 30 with your name, address, that you are a member of a co-sponsoring organization (Washington Council of Lawyers), and the date, time, name of the event. If you are not a member of the D.C. Bar and don’t already have a D.C. Bar nonmember account you will need to create one prior to emailing

This remote program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will receive access information from D.C. Bar Communities staff the afternoon prior to the program.

Washington Council of Lawyers is pleased to co-sponsor this opportunity to learn more about the changes our local Defund the Police and Black Lives Matter movements are seeking and how policymakers are responding.

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