Prosecutor in Chauvin Trial to Speak Virtually at Duke

Prosecutor in Chauvin Trial to Speak Virtually at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Media and the public are invited to attend a virtual talk with Jerry W. Blackwell, a member of the prosecution team that tried and convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20.

Blackwell will discuss the case with Duke Law professor Trina Jones, director of the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics, and H. Timothy Lovelace Jr. , a John Hope Franklin research scholar and professor of law.

The virtual talk is open to the public. Both media and the public are required to pre-register for the event by clicking here.

The event, “UNIV 101 Presents: Race, Policing, and Activism,” is the first in Duke’s University “UNIV 101 Presents” speaker series and sponsored by the Center on Law, Race, and Politics, the Duke Council on Race & Ethnicity, and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Blackwell, founding partner, CEO and chairman of Blackwell Burke in Minneapolis, delivered the prosecution’s opening and closing arguments in State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin, a trial that was broadcast live worldwide during March and April 2021.

Blackwell was one of nine private attorneys on the 13-member prosecution team who donated their time to the case.

Leanna Doty