Rombach Speaker Series

Professor Frank Zimring spoke to nearly three hundred students, faculty and community members on April 12, 2012.  In discussing his recent book, “The City that Became Safe,” Professor Zimring argued that the experience in New York has shown that crime rates can be greatly reduced without increasing prison populations. New York teaches that targeted harm reduction strategies can drastically cut down on drug related violence even if illegal drug use remains high. And New York has proven that epidemic levels of violent crime are not hard-wired into the populations or cultures of urban America.


On November 1st, 2012, National Editorialists Charles Garcia and Rueben Navarette kept a capacity crowd of over two hundred students, faculty and community members entranced as they debated issues ranging from immigration and racial quotas in education to gun control and other significant societal issues.  Using both the popular press and their own recent writings the speakers delved in to controversial topics that left the audience on the edge of their seats waiting to ask their own questions following the formal presentation.  Garcia and Navarette exposed the naïveté and complexity of race in American Society as they eloquently explored the topics with personal anecdotes that further enlightened those in attendance.

Judge John S. Leonardo, U. S. Attorney for Arizona, spoke to over 250 students, faculty and community members and professionals on May 2nd, 2013.  Judge Leonardo spoke to the issue of fiscal responsibility in the search for justice.  Using examples from jury processes, prosecutorial discretion, public defender workloads and capital punishment, Judge Leonardo implored the audience to think of the consequences for society at large, as well as the individual defendant, when we fail to adequately fund the policies we put into place in our criminal justice system.  Our greatest failures in criminal justice, according to Judge Leonardo, come from inadequate attention to the ripple effect new criminal justice policies have throughout the entire criminal justice process.