New Jersey Attorney General to Discuss Use of Racial Profiling

SALEM - John J. Farmer, Jr., the controversial New Jersey Attorney General who is at the forefront of the battle against police use of racial profiling, will speak at Willamette University College of Law on November 12, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paulus Great Hall, Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center.

Appointed Attorney General in 1999 by then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Farmer has led a vigorous effort to bring reform to the embattled New Jersey State Police, criticized for widespread use of what has come to be known nationally as "racial profiling, "where law enforcement decisions appear predicated solely by race. His goal, he has said, is to "restore the public's trust that the State Police are enforcing our laws evenhandedly." As Attorney General, Farmer serves as the chief counsel and chief law enforcement officer of the State of New Jersey, supervising more than 8,600 employees in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. He also serves as Chairman of New Jersey's Juvenile Justice Commission. Farmer earned his law degree and bachelor's degree at Georgetown University.

The public is invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by the Multicultural Law Students Association of Willamette University College of Law.