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Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness - Laura Coates and Emily Bazelon
When Laura Coates joined the Department of Justice as a prosecutor, she wanted to advocate for the most vulnerable among us. But she quickly realized that even with the best intentions, “the pursuit of justice creates injustice.” In Coates’ stunning debut memoir, Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness, we observe, through the prism of her experiences, that no matter how fair you try to fight, being Black, a woman, and a mother are identities often at odds in the justice system. On the front lines of our legal system, Coates saw how Black communities are policed differently; Black cases are prosecuted differently; Black defendants are judged differently. How the court system seems to be the one place where minorities are overrepresented, an unrelenting parade of Black and Brown defendants in numbers that belie their percentage in the population and overfill American prisons. She also witnessed how others in the system either abused power or were abused by it.

Coates is a CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM host, and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. A former federal prosecutor, Coates served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, specializing in the enforcement of voting rights throughout the United States.

Coates will be in conversation with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and a co-host of the podcast Slate Political Gabfest.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Just Pursuit from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Coates and Bazelon that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/just-pursuit-black-prosecutors-fight-fairness-fan-program-laura-coates

Jan 31, 2022 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Laura Coates
CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM host, and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law @https://www.lauracoates.com/
Laura Coates is a CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM host, and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. She is the author of the 2022 memoir Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor's Fight for Fairness. A former federal prosecutor, Coates served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, specializing in the enforcement of voting rights throughout the United States. As a civil rights attorney, she traveled throughout the nation supervising local and national elections and led investigations into allegations of unconstitutional voting practices. In private practice, Coates was an intellectual property litigator with an expertise in First Amendment and media law. She is a graduate of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and the University of Minnesota Law School.
Emily Bazelon
Staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School @https://emilybazelon.com
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. She is the author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration. Her previous book is the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She’s also a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. Before joining the Times Magazine, Bazelon was a writer and editor at Slate, where she co-founded the women’s section “DoubleX.” She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
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