Navigating the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Murder of George Floyd: Opportunities for Advocacy and Healing After the Verdict

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.

The third event in the series will take place in coordination with the announcement of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. This panel event will include a discussion of the verdict between community organizers, activists and scholars with expertise in organizing advocacy efforts, collective healing and trust-building in response to instances of racial injustice.


  • Anne Coughlin, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Brian N. Williams, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Burke Brownfeld, Founder, Sig Global Services
  • Gene Cash, Founder and CEO, Counseling Alliance of Virginia
  • Wyatt Rolla, Interim Director, Legal Aid Justice Center Civil Rights and Racial Justice Program
  • Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation
  • Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science; Founding Director, Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation; Co-Director, The Cincinnati Project; University of Cincinnati
  • Moderators: Ian Solomon; Dean; Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; Cortney Hawkins, Diversity Officer, UVA Police Department; Marrissa Jones, Social Equity Advisor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

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 visit the series webpage for the most up-to-date information.

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