Book Talk and Discussion: Radical Acts of Justice

A conversation with author Jocelyn Simonson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Brooklyn Law School and James Forman, Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School

About the Book and Discussion

Across the country, ordinary people are challenging the ideas that prosecutions and prisons make us safer; that public officials charged with maintaining “law and order” are carrying out the will of the people; and that justice requires putting people in cages. In her book Radical Acts of Justice (The New Press, 2023), Jocelyn Simonson demonstrates the power of collective organizing to dismantle the carceral system and reimagine justice.

Join her in conversation with James Forman Jr., Yale Law School, as they discuss the lessons from those leading the way that empower us all to take action.

This event is taking place offsite at the Center for Brooklyn History. Following the program, join us for a book signing and reception. You may also watch a livestream of this event on the CBH Public Programs YouTube channel.

Co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and n+1.


Participant Biographies

About the Author

A former public defender, Jocelyn Simonson is professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and a leading national authority on community bail funds. Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court and discussed in The Atlantic, the New Yorker, and the Associated Press, and she has written for the New York Times, The Nation, n+1, the Washington Post, and others. Radical Acts of Justice (The New Press) is her first book.

In Conversation With

James Forman Jr. is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He teaches criminal law and Access to Law School, a pipeline program serving first-generation and underrepresented minority students from New Haven who wish to pursue a legal career. He is the faculty director of Yale’s Center for Law and Racial Justice and is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Locking Up Our Own.


Registration for the event is through the Center for Brooklyn History's website via the RSVP button on this page.


More Information

For general inquiries regarding this event, please contact the Brooklyn Law School Office of Events at or (718) 780-0321.