Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson

Missouri Law Review Symposium

February 26-27, 2015
Hulston Hall



Brochure (PDF)

On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. The city was catapulted into the public consciousness. Questions arose about the demographics of the city as well as the racial makeup of the Ferguson police force; about racial profiling and interactions between law enforcement and communities of color; about disentangling peaceful democratic expression and protests marred by violence and looting; and about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies. After months of continued protesting and a lack of closure for some following the no bill from the grand jury, many of these questions remain.

The issues are complex and require an examination not only of the present conduct of the various stakeholders but also the context that served as the backdrop to these events. From the Earl F. Nelson Lecture, delivered by Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project, to the panels – perceptions, policing and protesting – the symposium has assembled a collection of scholars, practitioners, legal experts and social scientists to critically examine the numerous issues that have been raised from the events in Ferguson.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

This symposium is approved for 6.4 hours of mandatory continuing legal education credit in the state of Missouri.

Cost and Registration

The symposium is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

 Missouri Law Review

Founded in 1936, the Missouri Law Review is one of the oldest legal journals published west of the Mississippi River. The law review has produced 79 volumes containing four issues each since the publication’s inception. The 2014-2015 law review is administered by 54 students.

Each year, law review members partner with faculty sponsors from the University of Missouri School of Law to host a symposium highlighting prominent legal issues and to discuss progressive solutions to complex policy challenges.

The University of Missouri will publish the papers featured in this year’s symposium in volume 80, issue 4 of the Missouri Law Review in Fall 2015. Domestic subscriptions of this journal are available for $40; international subscriptions are $45. To view recent issues or request a subscription, please visit the Missouri Law Review’s website.