Elizabeth Hillman

Sworn to Protect: Sexual Assault in the Military

Few legal issues have riveted public attention more than sexual assault in the military. This presentation will address the controversies that have erupted over a problem that is often misunderstood and rarely reported. Should commanders control the decision to prosectue? Should each branch of service retain its own investigators, prosecutors, defense counsel, and appellate court? What is the impact of providing legal counsel to victims? How should we evaluate legal outcomes?

This talk, presented by Provost and Academic Dean, ELIZABETH HILLMAN, will examine this unique challenge to the nature of the American military justice system; the effect of gender dynamics and demographics; and best practices and prospects for improving the response systems to sexual assault in civilian and military arenas.

About Dean Elizabeth Hillman:

Dean Hillman serves on the Response Systems Panel (RSP), an independent panel authorized by Congress in 2013 to study and make recommendatoins regarding the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of military sexual assault, and is the chair of an RSP subcommittee asked to compare civilian and military systems of responding to adult sexual assault. She is also a director of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fairness in, and public understanding of, military justice worldwide, and co-legal director of Palm Center. a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the "don't ask/ don't tell" policy of discriminating against gay men and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces.

* Ticket price includes complimentary parking at the Performing Arts Parking Lot adjacent to the Music Recital Hall.  Parking staff will be on site to issue complimentary permits.  There are a limited number of free tickets available to UCSC Students.  These UCSC student tickets can be picked up in person at the UCSC Ticket Office, which is located at the Theater Arts Center.

1 unit of MCLE credit, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by: UC Santa Cruz Legal Studies Program, Division of Social Sciences, Institute for Humanities Research, Politics Department, Feminist Studies Department, Philosophy Department, UC Hastings College of the Law, Santa Cruz County Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association, Monarch Services, City of Santa Cruz Commission for Prevention of Violence Against Women, Women’s Commission of Santa Cruz County, The Diversity Center.