The Color of Justice

USJ Speaker Series

Presented by the USJ Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice program

2021-2022 Past Events

April 19, 2022: Color of Justice Event
Ken Barone, manager of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project; State Senator Gary Winfield; Bloomfield High School state champion football coach Tylon Outlaw; Hartford City Councilor Tiana Hercules; Assistant to State Police Commissioner/Former Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley; and Hartford civil rights attorney Ken Krayeske

April 12, 2022: Color of Justice Event
Connecticut State Supreme Court Justice Richard Robinson discusses implicit bias.

The University of Saint Joseph Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice program presented the 2022 Speaker Series, “The Color of Justice,” in April of 2022. The first event in the series featured Connecticut State Supreme Court Justice Richard Robinson discussing implicit bias. Journalist Karen Florin of The Day of New London and attorney James Bergenn, Partner with the Hartford law firm Shipman & Goodwin. Florin, a reporter for 25 years, focused most recently on the court system joined the panel discussion. Karen was a longtime member, and co-chair, of Connecticut’s Judicial-Media Committee. Attorney James Bergenn is an experienced trial lawyer with a record of handling high-stakes criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts, in and outside of Connecticut, and was recognized as a 2021 Connecticut Super Lawyer.  

In the second event of the series, panelists included Ken Barone, manager of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project; State Senator Gary Winfield; Bloomfield High School state champion football coach Tylon Outlaw; Hartford City Councilor Tiana Hercules; Assistant to State Police Commissioner/Former Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley; and Hartford civil rights attorney Ken Krayeske and featured case histories showing treatment of people of color by the justice system.

USJ’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice program is unique in providing students with knowledge in law enforcement, corrections, and the judicial systems but also the theories and practice of restorative justice. Bringing experts, like the speakers in this series, to campus reflects the university’s commitment to ensuring that students hear from people who have been most directly affected by and who play important roles in the criminal justice system

-USJ President Rhona Free