Apr 29

CANCELLED - Can Liberty Ever Be Civil? Karen Thompson,ACLU/New Jersey

CANCELLED - Can Liberty Ever Be Civil?: Envisioning a Path Towards Racial Repair

4:30 – 5:30 pm / Leighton 304


Karen Thompson is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of New Jersey where she works on a wide range of issues, both civil and criminal, with a particular focus on racial inequality. She litigates in trial and appellate courts and advocates in an array of venues, including state agencies, school districts and municipalities.

Prior to joining the ACLU of New Jersey, she was a senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, where she successfully represented clients in post-conviction and appellate proceedings, winning several motions for DNA testing and vacating the wrongful convictions of clients in Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. Karen was previously the Director of Scholarship Programs at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where she advanced and modernized the programs for students interested in pursuing racial equity and social justice. As an associate at Morrison & Foerster and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, she represented criminal defendants and asylum seekers as part of her rigorous pro bono practice.

Karen holds a B.A. in English and African-American studies from Carleton College, a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She has spent her entire adult life as a racial justice and dyke activist, for which she won a Gay City News Impact award in 2018. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Tracey Scott Wilson, and their two dachshunds, Miles Davis and Jolene.

She will also be a guest visitor to History 225: James Baldwin and Black Lives Matter, offered by Professor Harry Williams Spring term.

Sponsored by History Events. Contact: Nikki Lamberty, History, x4217