Collage of law professionals and advocates for social justice and equity
We have to determine if there is a difference between criminal justice and the criminal justice system and whether the system needs to be defunded, reformed, or completely abolished. Natasha Robinson, JD Assistant Teaching Professor of Criminal Justice

By Tiffany Reid, BS IMC ‘21

On Friday, October 9, Roosevelt University Criminal Justice Professor Natasha Robinson joins an esteemed panel at Justice Reimagined: A Day of Examination, Introspection & Imagination. The free, online summit features one-on-one interviews and discussions with law professionals and advocates for social justice and equity. 

The police violence that recently led to the deaths of George Floyd, and the others before him, raised questions about the treatment of people of color by the law, courts, and police. The panelists will examine and critique the justice system and its practices.

“There needs to be transparency about issues, then accountability for us to face the future effectively,” Professor Robinson said. “We have to determine if there is a difference between criminal justice and the criminal justice system and whether the system needs to be defunded, reformed, or completely abolished.”

Robinson handled more than 230 cases during her long, celebrated career as a public defender. Her transition to academia brings her practical experience into the classroom. Robinson’s students are in the unusual position of having an actual public defender as professor. “Most individuals don't have access to criminal legal professionals unless they are in some sort of conflict, or are involved in the criminal legal system as a defendant, witness, or victim,” Robinson said.

Hear Professor Natasha Robinson and other legal professionals, including Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx, during the free event conducted by Attorney April Preyar.

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