Faculty Pub Night: Samuel Pillsbury

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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The second Faculty Pub Night of the 2020-2021 season features Samuel Pillsbury, Professor of Law. Pillsbury will discuss his recent publication, Imagining a Greater Justice: Criminal Violence, Punishment, and Relational Justice.

To register for this event: https://lmula.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vMZBQg3dQd-hY49lVdmm_A

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2020-2021 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

About the Author's Work: 

Even for violent crime, justice should mean more than punishment. By paying close attention to the relational harms suffered by victims, this book develops aconcept of relational justice for survivors, offenders and community. Relational justice looks beyond traditional rules of legal responsibility to include the social and emotional dimensions of human experience, opening the way for amore compassionate, effective and just responseto crime.

The book’s chapters follow a journey from victim experiences of violence to community healing from violence. Early chapters examine the relational harms inflicted by the worst wrongs, the moral responsibility of wrongdoers and common mistakes made in judging wrongdoing. Particular attention is paid here to sexual violence. The book then moves to questions of just punishment: proper sentencing by judges, mandatory sentences approved by the public, and the realities of contemporary incarceration, focusing particularly on solitary confinement and sexual violence. In its remaining chapters, the book looks at changes brought by the victims' rights movement and victim needs that current law does not, and perhaps cannot meet. It then addresses possibilities for offender changeand challenges for majority America in addressing race discriminationin criminal justice. The book concludes with a look at how individuals might live out the ideals of a greater--relational--justice.

About the Author: 

Samuel H. Pillsbury is Professor of Law and Frederick J. Lower Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He teaches criminal law, criminal practice and American legal history. A nationally recognized scholar in criminal responsibility, punishment and emotion and the law, his previous books include Judging Evil: Rethinking the Laws of Murder and Manslaughter and How Criminal Law Works. After college, Pillsbury was a reporter covering police and courts in North Florida. He then earned his law degree at the University of Southern California, where he graduated first in his class. He clerked for US District Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr., and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles before going into teaching. In 2006 he was ordained as an Episcopal deacon. He has volunteered as a chaplain in LA juvenile detention halls and jails, as well as prisons in California and New York. He has also worked with survivors of homicide and families with loved ones in prison.

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

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