2021 Gun Reform: The Current Legal Landscape

Friday, March 19, 2021
10:30AM — 1:45PM
Annual Survey’s 2021 symposium will be broadcast via Zoom.


This symposium will confront challenges and opportunities in advocating for gun reform through activism, regulation and litigation.

Thirteen years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller and on the heels of the third anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a wave of activism sweeping through the country, gun reform advocates are tirelessly working to ensure a safer America. Coronavirus-related school closures slowed America’s heartbreaking pattern of school shootings, but gun violence as a whole continues to harm American communities. The incident rates of most crimes have considerably decreased during the coronavirus shut-downs, but data emphasizes a major exception to this pattern: gun violence.

There is reason for optimism that change may be coming from Washington; however, the form this change will take, its political path, and any legal implications remain unknown. Featuring the perspectives of community activists, policymakers, professors, and litigators, this Symposium will confront the difficult questions surrounding gun reform in America.

Schedule for March, 19, 2021

10:30 a.m.–11 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Keynote address by Aalayah Eastmond, Gun Violence Survivor and Activist

11 a.m.–12:.00 p.m.: Panel 1 | Closing Loopholes: Necessary Policy and Regulatory Changes and Alternative Mechanisms of Reform

12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Panel 2 | Curbing Gun Violence Through the Courts and a Brief Presentation on Recent Litigation Trends by Professor Adam Samaha

1:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

This event has been approved for a maximum of 2.5 New York State CLE credits in the Areas of Professional Practice category. The credit is both transitional and nontransitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys

Closed captioning will be provided. Please contact David Wechsler (dew327@nyu.edu) if attendees have questions or problems regarding accommodations before or during the event.

Register for the event here.