Town Halls to Further Dialogue

by Brian Wesley

We promised a forum for lawyers and the public to have a constructive dialogue in our June 19, 2020 statement. Today, we announce our first forum.

Join us for Time to Talk Town Hall: Perceptions and Realities of Policing, the first in a series of collaborative virtual town halls sponsored by the Young Lawyers Conference and the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar. Registration is open to all but limited to the first 250 people.

Long standing but under the radar issues have come to the light and the events of the last six weeks remind us as lawyers that access to justice for all Virginians and the rule of law are of paramount importance.  Given the need to address these issues, the Conferences have teamed up to discuss the legal implications surrounding a number of these interrelated topics.

In our first town hall, we will explore topics including but not limited to: Section 1983 civil rights actions; the doctrine on qualified immunity and instances of excessive use of force; the removal of statues and monuments; and, 1st Amendment protection of protesters afforded under the U.S. Constitution.

This engaging town hall will take place on July 23, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and feature presentations by various subject-matter panelists followed by a Question & Answer forum for participant engagement.

Register here for the program from the Young Lawyers Conference and Diversity Conference on this timely and riveting topic.

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Brian Wesley, Esq. is an attorney with the Richmond law firm Thornton and Wesley and current member of the Board of Governors with the Diversity Conference. He is a past President of the Young Lawyers Conference.

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