UMass Law invites Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund President and ACLU Massachusetts Staff Attorney for debate on Ferguson and the role of policing

Racial profiling, stop-and-frisk among the topics to be discussed at UMass Law Moot Court Room April 23

UMass Law has invited Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) President Ron Hosko and Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts Carl Williams for a debate style event on Ferguson and the role of policing. Racial profiling and stop-and-frisk are among the topics to be discussed this Thursday, April 23, 2015, at noon, at the UMass Law Moot Court Room. 

About Ron Hosko: 

Ronald T. Hosko, who is a former Assistant Director of the FBI, joined LELDF in April 2014 after retiring from a thirty year career in the FBI. After graduating from the Temple University School of Law, he began his work as a Special Agent in Jackson, Mississippi.  In the late 1980s, he transferred to Chicago, working undercover and in assignments focused on complex financial crimes and violent crimes. He worked closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in multiple joint task forces and served on both the Jackson and Chicago SWAT teams targeting the most dangerous subjects of FBI investigations. He went on to lead the FBI's Crisis Management Unit in Quantico, Virginia before serving as an assistant special agent in charge in Philadelphia from 2003-2007. During that time, Mr. Hosko was awarded the FBI's Shield of Bravery for his actions during a violent ransom kidnapping. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and served as an inspector where Mr. Hosko conducted multiple serious and fatal shooting investigations involving FBI and associated law enforcement personnel and led a seminal 20 year review of FBI shooting incidents. 

About Carl Williams: 

Carl Williams joined the ACLU of Massachusetts as staff attorney in September 2013. He was previously a criminal defense attorney with the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Carl is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the University of Wisconsin Law School. A long-time resident of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, he has been an activist and organizer on issues of war, immigrants' rights, LGBT rights, racial justice and Palestinian self-determination. Carl is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and has served on its Massachusetts board of directors. During the Occupy Boston movement he was part of its legal defense and support team, which provided nearly 24-hour support to the participants. More recently, Carl was a Givelber Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law, where he taught a class on social justice movements and the law. 

UMass Law, located at UMass Dartmouth, is the only public law school in Massachusetts. The law school was established in 2010 to provide a high quality, affordable legal education focused on creating justice-centered lawyers. UMass Law is especially committed to increasing the diversity of those who practice law in the Commonwealth and encouraging students to become professionally engaged in their community through pro bono service, clinics, and internships while they study.