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Batson v. Kentucky and the Continuing Challenge of Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection

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  • Description

    All white juries continue to be the norm, even in locations with diverse populations. The reasons offered for striking people of color are often trivial and generally fall into the category of “approved race-neutral reasons” which are routinely approved by judges. With this is a growing recognition that Batson has failed to prevent discrimination in jury selection. Some states have adopted other approaches to combat discrimination in selection.

    This CLE course will review the challenges of litigating Batson claims as well as offer avenues to improve your chances of prevailing on a Batson objections. The course will also present the other avenues being taken to prevent discrimination injury selection.

  • Instructor Bio

    Stephen Bright

    Stephen B. Bright is visiting professor of law at the Georgetown Law Center and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. He spent 34 years at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, first as director for 22 years and then as president and senior counsel through 2016. He has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and argued cases before many state and federal appellate courts. He argued four capital cases before the Supreme Court, including three involving racial discrimination in jury selection, that were decided in favor of his clients. He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. The Fulton Daily Law Report, a legal newspaper in Georgia, named him “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia. Before joining the Southern Center, he was a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, a legal services attorney in Appalachia, and director of a law school clinical program in Washington, DC.