Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dean Hillman to speak at UC Santa Cruz on sexual assault in the armed forces

Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman
Hastings College of the Law Provost, Academic Dean and Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman will speak on November 6 at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her topic will be sexual assault in the military. Details of the program can be found here. From the announcement:
Few legal issues have sustained the political attention and cultural currency of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces, Hillman says. Her presentation will address controversies that have erupted over the problem itself, which is often misunderstood; best practices and prospects for improving response systems to reports of sexual assault in both civilian and military arenas; and the unique nature of the American military justice system, which has been changed more in response to sexual assault than to any other crime, social problem, or disciplinary challenge since World War II.
Some of the questions she plans to address: "Should commanders control the decision to prosecute? Should each branch of service retain its own investigators, prosecutors, defense counsel, and appellate court? What's the impact of providing legal counsel to victims throughout the criminal justice process? What outcomes demonstrate improvement in preventing a crime that is so rarely reported?  How do the gender demographics of the military affect sexual assault prevalence?"
Dean Hillman served in the U.S. Air Force. She holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in History, and is a member of the Defense Department's Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. She is the immediate past president of the National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ).

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