Read the full statement here.
As you are likely aware, the Chauvin trial proceedings for the death of George Floyd have begun in Minneapolis. There is a large community effort surrounding the trial, spearheaded by the Legal Rights Center, and involving many other legal organizations and law schools, to focus on the critical need for improving community education of the justice system. This effort includes videos explaining the different components of a criminal trial, ongoing analysis during the trial, live ask-an-attorney question sessions, and more. One of the introductory videos is at this link.
The Academy recognizes that it is of vital importance to improve public education about the justice system, in particular as the Chauvin trial is being live-streamed and is the subject of mass media coverage. As such, we have pledged support for the initiative and are proud to sponsor it.