USF to host Black Community Forum

On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the USF Justice and Pre-Law Club and Mock Trial Team are hosting an event in collaboration with the Black Bar Association of Will County. “Black Community Forum: A Panel Discussion and Ideas for Solution-Focused Action Steps” will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Turk Theater at USF, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. All members of the community are invited to attend.

According to USF’s Dr. Scott Washington, assistant professor of criminal and social justice, the event will be particularly relevant considering the recent verdict in the George Zimmerman Case after the February 2012 shooting of Florida’s Trayvon Martin. The issue of black male social disenfranchisement is a specific topic on the agenda, along with topics including community leadership and advocacy, responsible citizenry and accountability, educational rights and the economic impact of mass incarceration.

Judge Raymond Bolden will be a panelist and will discuss important issues as they pertain to the Joliet community. In addition, the group will hear presentations by “future attorneys” from USF’s Justice and Pre-Law Club and USF Mock Trial Team. A number of local attorneys, judges and dignitaries are expected to attend. For more information, visit or contact Washington at or (815) 740-5095.

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