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In honor of Black History Month
Dean Leonard M. Baynes
And the UHLAA Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Cordially invite you to
a lecture and reception featuring

Paul Butler
Author of "Let's Get Free"
And Professor of Law at Georgetown University

February 16, 2017
6:30 PM Lecture & commentary
led by Professor Paul Butler
with reception & book signing to follow


Dr. James L. Conyers
Director, UH African American Studies Program

Professor David Dow
UH Law Center Cullen Professor of Law

United States District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore
S. District of Texas

Michael A. Olivas
Interim UH Downtown President

Attendees will enjoy a pop-up exhibit of the University of Houston's Hip Hop Special Collection.
University of Houston Library is dedicated to preserving and sharing the story of Houston Hip-Hop
through archival collections, digital collections, and exhibits.

University of Houston Law Center
Complimentary Parking in Lot 19B

RSVP requested by February 14th to
or by calling 713.743.2209.


In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls "a must read," Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system—as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police—and explores what "doing the right thing" means in a corrupt system.

Since Let's Get Free's publication in spring 2009, Butler has become the go-to person for commentary on criminal justice and race relations: he appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Fox News, published op-eds in the New York Times and other national papers, and is in demand to speak across the country. The paperback edition brings Butler's groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments—jury nullification (voting "not guilty" in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying "no" when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor—to a whole new audience.


Paul Butler is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Georgetown faculty he was Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.

Professor Butler's scholarship has been published in many leading scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review (two articles), the Stanford Law Review and the UCLA Law Review (three articles). He was named the Professor of the Year award three times by the GW graduating class. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2003.

Professor Butler is one of the nation's most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. His work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Nightline, and The ABC, CBS and NBC Evening News. He lectures regularly for the American Bar Association and the NAACP, and at colleges, law schools, and community organizations throughout the United States.

Professor Butler served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. His prosecutions included a United States Senator, three FBI agents, and several other law enforcement officials.

Professor Butler's book "Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice" received the Harry Chapin Media award. His book "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" will be published in Spring 2017. 

The University of Houston is a Tier One research institution and an EEO/AA institution.

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