What’s law got to do with it? The inaugural CrossCheck Live event, organized by BruinX, a division of UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, provided an opportunity for more than 120 students, faculty and staff to take a careful look at a vital and ongoing debate.

The topic for the first CrossCheck Live was chosen because recent shooting deaths of African Americans across the country at the hands of the police have spurred intense debates about state power and racial justice — issues felt deeply by many members of the UCLA community.  CrossCheck Live offered a chance to explore how law enables police violence, and offered an opportunity to discuss with fellow Bruins what we can do about it.

Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang introduced the event, and Associate Vice Chancellor Devon Carbado moderated a discussion among the panelists on three areas of focus: a review of current data, history, social psychology and public perception; the law, particularly the 4th, 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their effects on policing; and proposed reforms to law enforcement agencies, including community oversight, the use of body cameras and more.

Following the roundtable discussion, audience members were invited to ask questions; each person who asked a question received a copy of UCLA’s 2016 Common Book: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me.

Bruin X is tasked with translating evidence and theory into practical solutions for equity and inclusion issues at UCLA.


Kimberly Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Robin Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA
Song Richardson, Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UC Irvine School of Law
Joanna Schwartz, Professor of Law at UCLA

Devon Carbado, Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA and Associate Vice Chancellor for BruinX

For more information about CrossCheck Live click here.