Navigating The Derek Chauvin Trial For The Murder Of George Floyd

Join experts from UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the UVA School of Law and the University Police Department for a four-part series examining Derek Chauvin’s ongoing trial for the death of George Floyd, a Black man accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store on May 25, 2020. Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after then-Officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest that appeared otherwise non-violent. During the ongoing trial, witnesses have described their own trauma from being present at the scene and feeling powerless to intervene or help in any way.

This series is co-sponsored by the Batten School, the UVA Law Center for Criminal Justice and the University Police Department. All events are free and open to the public. Please continue to visit this page for the most up-to-date information on the event series.

Cortney Hawkins, the University Police Department’s diversity officer, and Marrissa Jones, the Batten School’s social equity advisor, will co-moderate a panel discussion with community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust building in response to instances of racial injustice.


There are many questions brewing ahead of the verdict of Derek Chauvin’s trial: What will be the nation’s collective response if Chauvin is acquitted? What if he is convicted? In the final event of the series, Ian Solomon, dean of the Batten School, will lead a community roundtable discussion reflecting on the outcome of the trial. What can we as a community collectively aspire toward in response to the verdict of this landmark case?