168th Commencement: Watch Live
This year, the Government Law Center's 2015 Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture featured the The Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, speaking on Police-Community Relations: Moving Forward. Judge Johnson's remarks reflect his unique personal experiences and law enforcement career, including growing up in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and serving as Executive Director of the New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board and as an officer in the New York Police Department.
Judge Johnson's lecture was followed by a panel discussion on "The State of Police-Community Relations in the City of Albany" that featured Albany's Acting Chief of Police Brendan J. Cox; Dr. Alice P. Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law & Justice; Civil Rights Attorney Mark S. Mishler, Esq.; and The Rev. Dr. Edward B. Smart, Chairman of Albany's Citizens' Police Review Board. Professor Christian Sundquist of Albany Law School moderated the program. View the video of the entire program: https://vimeo.com/126413827.
The GLC established the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law in 1996 to honor the memory of Edwin L. Crawford, former executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. The program strives to educate and promote dialogue on important and timely issues affecting local governments. The Crawford Lecture was originally endowed with a generous grant from Saratoga Associates.