HOUSTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Butler, a Georgetown Law professor, author, and frequent commentator on race and the law, will speak Feb. 16 at the University of Houston Law Center as part of the school's observance of Black History Month.
Butler is the author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" published this spring and "Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice," which received the Harry Chapin Media award. Commenting on his lecture will be Interim UH Downtown President and Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law; UHLC Professor David Dow, Cullen Professor of Law; Dr. James L. Conyers, director of the UH African American Studies Program; and U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas Vanessa D. Gilmore '81.
The lecture and reception are hosted by Dean Leonard M. Baynes and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the UH Law Alumni Association.
Since publication of "Let's Get Free" in 2009, Butler has been in great demand, providing commentary on race and criminal justice to media and scholarly publications in addition to authoring numerous op-eds, book reviews, and other articles. His first book sparked controversy for his arguments in favor of jury nullification as a form of protest in drug cases; just saying "no" when police ask for permission to search; and not working within the system as a "snitch."
In his no-holds-barred style, Butler examines in "Chokehold" how black men are treated and perceived by police, politicians and ordinary people. He also frankly comments on the problem of black-on-black violence and how to make communities safer without relying as much on police.
Before entering academia, Butler served as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a U.S. Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials. He also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases.
Butler is a cum laude graduate of Yale, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Mary Johnson Lowe in the United States District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in white collar criminal defense.
The lecture is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at the University of Houston Law Center. A reception and book signing will follow. Complimentary parking is available in Lot 19B. Please RSVP by Feb. to law.uh.edu/alumni/rsvp/ or by calling 713-743-2209.
Media contacts: Elena Hawthorne, UH Law Center Interim Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-1125, firstname.lastname@example.org; John T. Kling, UH Law Center Communications Manager, 713-743-8298, email@example.com; and John Brannen, Senior Writer, 713-743-3055, firstname.lastname@example.org
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