At alumni events in March and April, Professor Tung Yin and Professor Aliza Kaplan, director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic, discussed their research. Yin spoke about the similarities between the Malheur occupation and the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kaplan discussed nonunanimous juries in Oregon and the then-upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on Edwards v. Vannoy, which concerns retroactivity.
Justice, Race, and Reform: Examining Proposals for Responsive Change
The Lewis & Clark Law Review (LCLR) hosted a symposium in April to answer questions about what we can learn from past reform attempts and to propose paths forward. The symposium featured the scholars who published in Issue 25.2, including LCLR Editor Connor McDermott ’21; Lewis & Clark professors Meg Garvin, Aliza Kaplan, Jim Oleske, and Tung Yin; and scholars from Harvard, Pritzker, and the University of New Mexico.
“Nationwide protests highlighted the need for criminal justice reform that is sensitive to systemic inequality,” noted LCLR. “However, the push for reform has been met with resistance, a clash that played out dramatically in our native Portland, Oregon, last summer. Furthermore, rather than dampen the calls for justice, the current pandemic has served to highlight the very real urgency of criminal justice reform.” In his introduction to the issue, Yin wrote, “The time is now for meaningful criminal justice reform. The symposium/Law Review aims to provoke a widespread consideration of ways in which such reform might proceed.”