American Justice on Trial

The book American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton won multiple prizes in the categories of history, law, multiculturalism and social change. In this program, retired judge, author and filmmaker Lise Pearlman will air a clip of her documentary in process about one of the most impactful trials in American history. She will be joined by Hon. D. Lowell Jensen (ret.), the prosecutor in the state’s death penalty case against Black Panther Huey Newton, and constitutional law scholar Associate Professor Margalynne J. Armstrong for an interactive discussion of the case that forever changed jury selection in American courts, and highlighted the power of diversity to create a credible justice system.


Hon. Lise Pearlman (ret.)
Arc of Justice, Inc.

Hon. D. Lowell Jensen (ret.)

Margalynne J. Armstrong
Associate Professor
Santa Clara Law


5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Program
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception

Event Cost:

CMCP Members: No Cost
Non-Members: No Cost


Santa Clara University
Charney Hall 103
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Organized by:

California Minority Counsel Program

Co-sponsored by:

Center for Social Justice and Public Service Northern California Innocence Project

Santa Clara University Office
for Diversity and Inclusion

Criminal Justice Society

Santa Clara Law
Criminal Law Society

High Tech Law Institute
Santa Clara University School of Law
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California 95053

(408) 551-1868