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Sponsored by the Stanford Center for Racial Justice
Please join Professor Rick Banks in a conversation with Jim Freeman, who directs the Social Movement Support Lab at IRISE (University of Denver) and is the author of Rich Thanks to Racism: How the Ultra-Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice.
Jim Freeman directs the Social Movement Support Lab at IRISE (University of Denver), which provides multidisciplinary assistance to communities that are fighting systemic racism and creating positive social change. As a racial justice movement lawyer, he has supported dozens of grassroots-led efforts to end mass criminalization and incarceration, achieve education equity, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, align community budgets with community priorities, protect immigrants’ rights, and create a more inclusive and participatory democracy.
Freeman was formerly a Senior Attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, where he directed the Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track project. He served under President Obama as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Freeman is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Law School, and was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. He is a former Skadden Fellow, clerked for Judge James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and the Korbel School of International Studies.