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Panelists to discuss bias crime
STANFORD -- A panel that includes a bias-crime victim, an activist and a
criminologist will participate in a Stanford Law School discussion on bias
crime on Wednesday, April 8.
The panel will run from noon to 3:15 p.m. in room 290 of the Law School.
It is being organized by third-year law student Brian Levin, a former New
York City policeman.
Levin, a bias-crime researcher and consultant, last year suspended his
studies to volunteer his services full time to various Bay Area anti-bias
agencies and organizations. He is the author of a study used by the House
Subcommittee on the Judiciary in its deliberations on the Federal Hate Crimes
Some of the issues expected to be covered during the panel discussion are
anti-gay violence, anti-Asian violence, police methods, prosecution, data
collection and bias-crime laws.
Besides Levin, panelists are:
- Shannon Hodges, Community United Against Violence. Hodges was the victim
of a knife attack by "skinheads" in Los Angeles. He is now an activist in the
fight against anti-gay crimes.
- Dr. Gregory Herek, the University of California-Davis and UC-Berkeley.
Herek is a social psychologist and expert on anti-gay violence. He has a new
book out on anti-gay bias crimes and his work has appeared in numerous
- Prof. Jack McDevitt, Northeastern University. A sociologist and
criminologist, McDevitt's extensive analysis of 453 bias-crime cases in
Boston led to a groundbreaking comprehensive study on the subject. He advises
the FBI and Boston Police Department on bias crimes.
- Joseph McNamara, Hoover Institution. The former chief of police in San
Jose is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and articulate police
officials in the nation. He is known for his opposition to the gun lobby.
- Ann Noel, general counsel for the California Fair Employment and Housing
Department. Noel has helped shape California law and policy on bias crimes.
She trains attorneys and local and state officials, has authored a handbook
on bias crimes, and is a member of the Hate Crimes Investigators Association.
- Anastasia Steinberg, director of the Hate Crimes Unit, Santa Clara
County District Attorney's Office. Steinberg is one of the few prosecutors in
the country devoted exclusively to bias crimes. She is a frequent lecturer on
the subject to police lawyers and public officials.
- Joy Morimoto, public information director, Japanese American Citizens
League. A former journalist, Morimoto is an expert on bias crimes against
- Jim Miller, Stanford Law School student. A conservative commentator and
member of the Federalist Society, Millerbelieves that bias crimes should be
addressed under standard criminal justice responses.
For more information, contact Levin at (415) 497-5963.
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