Cultural Conversation Hour sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Black Law Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural Development
The Office of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University cordially invites you to join us for our monthly Cultural Conversation Hour. October's monthly conversation series takes place during the lunch hour of 11am -12pm and will be held at Moot Court, in the College of Law, for this month. The conversation series is dedicated to examining the ideas of multiculturalism and diversity in greater society, through critical discussion. Food will be provided.
October's Topic is"Shoot First, Ask Questions Later: Self Defense, Stand your Ground, and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy." The "duty to retreat" before using deadly defensive force is a basic principle in self-defense law. Where safe to do so, people must take themselves out of harm's way rather than resort to violence to protect themselves or others. Stand Your Ground laws change all that.
Dr. C. Antoinette Clarke, professor of law, will discuss the law of self-defense and the changes to settled doctrine that Stand Your Ground laws represent. She will examine both current and proposed legislation (including Ohio's House Bill 203) against the backdrop of the Trayvon Martin killing, and other, similar homicides. She will also make some suggestions for actions to take to change this dangerous trend in the law, and some recommendations to protect our young men from those who would style themselves judge, jury, and executioner.
Dr. Clarke teaches Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice at ONU's Pettit College of Law.
Event sponsored by the Black Student Union, the Black Law Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural Development.