“Policing and Criminal Justice Reform: A Conversation,” with the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael Mangual and MU Law Professor S. David Mitchell


Though they were in the headlines throughout the summer of 2020, the issues of and public calls for policing and criminal justice reform date back far, far further than the present day. In a panel moderated by Prof. Jen Selin of the Kinder Institute, Department of Political Science, and Truman School of Public Affairs, the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael Mangual and MU Law School Professor S. David Mitchell will discuss the history and the many aspects and ramifications of contemporary movements to reform these two institutions. The panel will be held on October 2 at 3:30pm, and details about location will be provided in the weeks leading up to the event.

Rafael Mangual is a fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. He has authored and coauthored a number of MI reports and op-eds on issues ranging from urban crime and jail violence to broader matters of criminal and civil justice reform. His work has been featured and mentioned in a wide array of publications, including the Wall Street JournalThe Atlantic, New York Post, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and City Journal. Mangual has also made a number of national and local television and radio appearances on outlets such as Fox News, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Radio. In 2020, he was appointed to serve a four-year term as a member of the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Prior to joining MI in 2015, Rafael worked in corporate communications for the International Trademark Association. He holds a B.A. in corporate communications from the City University of New York’s Baruch College and a J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago, where he was president of the Federalist Society and vice president of the Appellate Moot Court team. After graduating from law school, Mangual was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society for excellence in oral and written advocacy.

Professor S. David Mitchell is an interdisciplinary scholar who looks at the criminal justice system using a sociological lens. Some of the specific topics of interest on which his scholarship focuses are the collateral consequences of sentencing, ex-offender reentry, and felon disenfranchisement. He received his B.A. from Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and J.D. from University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves at MU as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law. He joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2006, after two years as a Scholar in Residence in the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is an affiliate member of the MU Black Studies Program and a Policy Research Scholar with the MU Institute for Public Policy. He was recently Chair of the UM System on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Prior to joining the academy, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, formerly of the U.S. District Court.

Prof. Mitchell is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as Chair of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as a Missouri Supreme Court Faculty Fellow. During his tenure at MU, he has been recognized for his teaching, with the Gold Chalk Award (2009), and his service, with the Legion of Black Collegians Minority Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award (2011). He was also the 2014-2015 Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet Honoree and received the MU President’s Community Engagement Award (2015).

Jennifer L. Selin serves as a Kinder Institute Assistant Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs. Professor Selin’s research illustrates that the structure of the federal administrative state has important implications for political influence. She is a co-author of the Administrative Conference of the United States’ Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies, and her scholarship has been published in political science, public administration, and law journals. Prof. Selin holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she practiced administrative law and specialized in electricity market regulation and alternative energy development, licensing, and regulation.