A More Perfect Union—Responding to the President’s Call to Action on Stand Your Ground

The President has called today for thoughtful collective action in the wake of the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the man who took his life. The Kirwan Institute looks forward to working with our partners across the nation to examine the impacts of “Stand Your Ground” laws, and to build a movement that will give African American boys the reassurance they need to feel valued, cared for and supported as full members of our society.

The Institute’s work around unconscious or “implicit bias” and its “friend of the court” brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas case focusing on the unique experiences of African American males will be of value to those desiring to assist in this work.


View Obama’s speech below


Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. Professor Davies was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review while in law school at Columbia University. After graduation she worked for Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. and Lord, Day & Lord Barrett Smith in New York City. Professor Davies served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. She joined the law faculty at Ohio State University in 1995, was awarded tenure in 1999, promoted to Full Professor in 2002, and awarded a named professorship in 2003. Professor Davies teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Police Practices), Race and the Criminal Law, Civil Rights Law, and Evidence. Professor Davies’ primary research focus is in the area of criminal justice and race. Her articles and other writings have been published in some of the nation’s leading law journals including the Michigan Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems. In 2010, Oxford University Press published Davies’s narrative nonfiction account of a 1921 murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama, titled Rising Road, A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America, for which the Mayor of Birmingham awarded her a “Key to the City.”