2023 Breonna Taylor Lecture - Keynote Speaker Ben Crump
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The Breonna Taylor Lecture on Structural Inequality was established by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2022 as an annual lecture series and tribute to the life of the Louisville woman who was killed in a police shooting in 2020.
At the lecture, the Brandeis School of Law will also recognize the 2023 recipient of the Darryl T. Owens Community Service Award, Louisville attorney Lonita K. Baker, and the law student recipients of the Breonna Taylor Legacy Fellowship. The Darryl T. Owens Community Service Award, named in honor of the groundbreaking Kentucky state representative, is presented to individuals who make a lasting impact and contribution to the Louisville community.
Attorney Ben Crump is one of the country's most renowned civil rights attorneys who founded his law practice, Ben Crump Law, in Tallahassee, Florida. Crump has represented the families in several well-known cases involving Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Keenan Anderson, Henrietta Lacks, Tyre Nichols, and Breonna Taylor. His firm has also represented individuals affected by the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Crump is President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association and previously served as President of the National Bar Association. In 2021, Attorney Crump was recognized by Time100 among its most influential people of the year and has received numerous awards for his social justice advocacy.