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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Military: A Historical Review of Seminal Cases and Disparate Treatment of Minority Service Members
This panel will provide an educational review from a historical perspective of discrimination and the lack of diversity and equity in the military, including historical changes in military justice designed to remove these disparities. It will also discuss the status of these matters in today’s Armed Services.

The discussion will include a review of several historic/seminal courts-martials where minority Soldiers were convicted of crimes without adequate legal defense. It will include a brief discussion of the current findings related to disparity in military justice for minority service members. We will review several of the Defense Departments’ initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. Finally, the discussion will include any current initiatives/measures to counter this historically inequitable treatment in each of the services.

This panel includes those who have an interest and desire to help further the dialogue, understanding, and education of all legal professionals in these areas. The death of George Floyd has highlighted the fact that change is still needed.

Panelists include:
- Commander Sara de Groot – Executive Officer, Regional Legal Service Office Naval District Washington
- Joshua Kastenberg – Associate Professor of Law and Lee & Leon Karelitz Professor in Evidence and Procedure, University of New Mexico School of Law
- Lieutenant Colonel Carrie Ricci (ret.) – Associate General Counsel, Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs, USDA
- Patricia Harris (Moderator) – Member, ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law

CART services will be available.


Jun 3, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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