Bridging the Gap: Protest in the American Legal System
Research, clinical, legal, and advocacy professionals will be brought together to discuss a psychology-law topic relevant to their work. The goal of the symposium is to highlight the importance of “bridging the gap” between stakeholders at every level and encourage symposium attendees to do the same.
Saturday, March 20, 2021 5:00 - 6:00 PM
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Panel description: Lawyers, researchers, clinicians, and advocacy professionals approach issues at the intersection of psychology and law from fundamentally different perspectives. Despite the significant contributions each group makes to our collective understanding of these issues, critical discussions are too often siloed due to intentional and unintentional professional boundaries. This panel will bring together professionals from various disciplines to discuss timely psychology-law topics. Importantly, panel members will discuss how collaboration and communication between the different professions are needed to address an increasingly salient issue: the right to protest in the modern age. Areas of agreement and disagreement will be highlighted and probed by a moderator. Members of the audience will be allowed to join the conversation by asking questions throughout the session.
This year panelists will discuss the impact of modern social movements on the right to protest and on government response to non-violent demonstrations. Specifically, panel members will discuss the impact the past year of massive, nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality has had on the right to protest, the manner in which protests are policed, and the court’s response to protesters. Further, panel members will explore how AP-LS members and the broader psychology-law community can better address the unique policy questions and issues implicated by recent efforts to organize, police, and prosecute protesters. It is our hope that this panel will identify areas where activists, psychologists, and legal professionals can collaborate to facilitate justice amid the work of community-led movements.