The following Suffolk University Law School professors are available to share their expertise on legal issues related to gun control and efforts to address the roots of violence in the aftermath of recent mass shootings in the United States.
- The Hon. John M. Greaney, director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy and a retired justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, will address who can do what in terms of gun laws and regulations, including the president, the Congress, states and municipalities. He says that the 2008 Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment allows for firearms regulation, despite claims to the contrary by opponents of gun control. He also will discuss the implications of a Jan. 29, 2013 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision rejecting a Second-Amendment challenge to a state gun storage law.
- Professor Robert H. Smith will discuss Second Amendment Constitutional issues and what the constitutional restraints are on federal, state and local government efforts to reduce gun violence. Part of the conversation following the Newtown deaths concerns violent video games and how they relate to aggression, and Smith will discuss this in the context of the 2011 Supreme Court decision that invalidated a California law prohibiting sales of violent video games to minors. Smith, the former dean of the Law School, teaches Constitutional Law, Mediation, Supreme Court Seminar and Clinical Teaching. Among Smith’s professional affiliations are the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Professor Frank Rudy Cooper’s research is focused on race and gender. In addition to analyzing the Constitutional issues, he would discuss how he reads President Obama’s approach to the gun violence issue, which Cooper sees as balancing the need to meet the expectations of the black and majority communities. Cooper teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law; Identity, Law, and Culture; and Constitutional Criminal Procedure Theories. His scholarly interests lie at the intersection of Criminal Procedure and Critical Race Feminism, especially as applied to policing and men of color. He has just published the co-edited volume Masculinities and the Law a Multidimensional Approach with Ann C. McGinley. He was elected the 2008 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Law & Humanities Section and is co-facilitator of the Boston Area Critical Race Theory Reading Group.