Dear NYLS Community,
This evening, jurors in Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Minnesota found Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd. This is an historic verdict and a powerful step forward in our nation’s healing from the intense trauma of the past. Tonight is a moment for reflection: a night to remember George Floyd, and the lives of so many Black and Brown people that have been lost needlessly at the hands of law enforcement—and a night to think deeply about the meaning of the essential principles of justice, fairness, and peace.
As a law school community, we are called to bring reform to our nation’s deeply broken systems of law enforcement and criminal justice. As we were reminded in our upper-level Community Days programming today, America’s collective journey towards racial justice and equity continues. The road is steep, long, and winding, but enduring change is possible. Law enforcement and other systems of government authority can be held accountable.
Please let any of us know if you need support or resources in this moment. We are here for each and every one of you.
Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President
William P. LaPiana, Academic Dean
Ella Mae Estrada, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Sally Harding, Dean of Students
Kirk Burkhalter, Professor of Law and Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ann Thomas, Professor of Law and Co-Chair, Faculty Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Penelope Andrews, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Racial Justice Project
Alvin Bragg, Visiting Professor of Law and Co-Director, Racial Justice Project