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DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

The DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture is an endowed lecture sponsored jointly by the Law and Society Program, Earl Warren College, and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego, California Western School of Law, and the Higgs family.

DeWitt Higgs was a pillar of the San Diego legal community. He was a founding member of the firm Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack. He served as a UC Regent for 16 years. To honor his contributions, the topic of each Higgs Lecture is related to field of law and society.

The list of recent speakers includes San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, UC Berkeley professor and journalist Mark Danner, Geoff Hoon (former leader of the British House of Commons), and NYU professor Jerome Cohen.

2017 DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

On Thursday, January 12th 2017, we are excited to present, in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College, the DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff. He will speak on "A New Language of Justice: Policing, Race, and Identity Traps in the Era of Trump."

Phillip Goff

Phillip Atiba Goff is the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Dr. Goff serves as one of four Principal Investigators for the CPE's National Justice Database, the first national database on racial disparities in police stops and use of force. 

More recently, Dr. Goff led the CPE in becoming one of three Principal Investigators for the U.S. Department of Justice's National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which will contribute information to the National Justice Database. Dr. Goff conducts work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination. That is, despite the normative view of racial discrimination—that it stems from prejudiced explicit or implicit attitudes—his research demonstrates that situational factors facilitate racially unequal outcomes. 

Dr. Goff’s model of evidence-based approaches to justice has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, Russell Sage Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Atlantic Philanthropies, William T. Grant Foundation, the COPS Office, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the NAACP LDF, NIMH, SPSSI, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation among others. Dr. Goff was a witness for the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and has presented before Members of Congress and Congressional Panels, Senate Press Briefings, and White House Advisory Councils.

This event is open to all UC San Diego students, staff, and faculty. 

Date: January 12, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM: Heavy Appetizer Reception 
5:00-6:00 PM Coffee and Dessert with Lecture
Location: The Great Hall
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About the DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture

DeWitt "Dutch" Higgs graduated from California Western School of Law in 1934. He founded the firm of Higgs, Fletcher and Mack, one of San Diego’s leading local firms, and served as the region’s first representative on the University of California Board of Regents. In recognition of his contributions to the law, education, and academic freedom, UC San Diego and California Western School of Law, in conjunction with the Higgs family, present the DeWitt Higgs Memorial Lecture each year.

View past Higgs Lectures online through the UCSD-TV website.

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