Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
New York
Zoom Link provided upon registration

After the death of George Floyd by police, there has been a renewed movement for racial and economic justice.  This panel will explore this topic through discussion about bias in the our society, with a focus on the criminal justice system, and the protest movement that has flowed from it.  The panel will feature current and former criminal justice practitioners in addition to academics who study the effect of bias in society and the protest movement that has sprung from it. The panel will be moderated by NY Terps Board Member Gary Kaufman and questions will be taken from participants at the end. This event is co-sponsored by The New York Terps Alumni Network, Philadelphia Terps Network and The University of Maryland Black Alumni Network.


Gary Kaufman `03, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2003 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and Philosophy, has been practicing in the area of Criminal Defense since graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006.  Gary spent his first seven years of practice working as a public defense attorney in Orlando, Florida, Staten Island, New York, and at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem in Manhattan.  In 2013, Gary began the Law Office of Gary Kaufman, PLLC where he represents clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.  Gary also represents students facing discipline at the high school and collegiate levels.  Gary has tried more than forty cases and is a skilled advocate both in and out of the courtroom.  Gary has received training at the National Criminal Defense College and has taught Continuing Legal Education classes on New York Criminal Law Practice 101, Arraignment Advocacy, Drunk Driving Defense, Grand Jury Practice, and Judicial Diversion for Narcotics Felonies.  Gary has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and a top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney in New York by the National Trial Lawyers.  Gary is active in the New York City Bar Association serving as past chair of the mandatory minimums subcommittee of the Criminal Courts Committee and as the former Chair of the Small Law Firm Committee. Gary is currently a member of the Council on the Profession. In addition to Gary’s work in the courtroom, Gary teaches Fundamental Lawyering Skills as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law. Gary is a member of the New York Terps Alumni Board.