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Saturday, September 24 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Race and Law Enforcement

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Johnathan Silver (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Silver reports on the state’s criminal justice system for The Texas Tribune. Previously, he was a Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Buster Haas intern and staff reporter at the Victoria Advocate. Before that, he was a contributor to Latino Leaders Magazine in Dallas. Silver also reported for The Shorthorn, the campus student newspaper at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Art Acevedo

Chief of the Austin Police Department
Acevedo first joined the Austin Police Department in 2007 and is the first Hispanic to serve as the department’s chief. He serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as president of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Acevedo began his career in law enforcement with the California Highway Patrol, where he was eventually promoted to chief.
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Marc Levin

Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Levin works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also an attorney and author on legal and public policy issues who has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Previously, Levin served as a law clerk for a federal judge on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
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Shakira Pumphrey

Policy Director for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Pumphrey joined the Coalition as its first-ever policy director, where she holds strategic and operational responsibility for guiding and coordinating the organization’s research and policy work. Previously, she served as senior policy advisor for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. Pumphrey also worked as a civil rights investigator to the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission.
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Royce West

State Senator
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice-chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Administration and Finance committees. Additionally, West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and is a partner at West & Associates, LLP.
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James White

State Representative
White, R-Woodville, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues and Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement committees. Previously, White served as an instructor at the U.S. Infantry School and a professor of government at Angelina College.