Professor David Harris To Speak At White House Criminal Justice Conference, Nov. 18

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PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh legal scholar David A. Harris—a national authority on police procedure—will lend his expertise to a White House conference on enhancing public trust in the criminal justice system Nov. 18. The conference is part of the 10th Anniversary National Prosecution Summit, a collaborative environment for sharing ideas on how prosecutors can serve as leaders on criminal justice reform.

Harris will speak as part of a discussion titled “Reducing Implicit Bias in Prosecution.” The session will explore how prosecutors can encourage the utilization of procedural justice tenets to promote fairness, efficiency, and integrity in their work. In addition to Harris, the panelists are John Chisolm, district attorney for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, and Melba Pearson, president of the National Black Prosecutors Association. The moderator will be Carter Stewart, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

“The science concerning implicit bias shows that race can influence us on the unconscious level, affecting our actions even when we don’t know it. Understanding implicit bias will be crucial as we work towards a better and fairer justice system.” said Harris. “The opportunity to speak about the impact of race on the justice system, and to do this at the highest level of government, doesn’t come along every day. I’m grateful for the chance to take part in this national discussion and to help prosecutors and others in the criminal justice system understand the impact of race on their work.”

Read the full release from University of Pittsburgh News Services.

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