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February 13, 2019 at 730pm

Ford’s Theatre’s innovative production of a decades-old play serves to illuminate topical discussions about capital punishment and the criminal justice system, including the possible role of prejudice in adjudication and sentencing, and moral and legal issues surrounding capital punishment.  This Talkback is being promoted in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the USA.  

Those who are above 35 years can use the Promo Code 12JUSTICE to receive a 35% discount on seats for the Feb. 13 evening performances of "Twelve Angry Men."

Ticket limit of 4 per order. Valid only on rear orchestra seats. Discounts may not be combined. Cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets.

Those who are younger than 35 can purchase $20 tickets using the promo code UNDER3519. 

The policy Talkback will feature the following panelists:

Aymeric Dupont, Counsellor, The Delegation of the European Union to the USA.  

Aymeric Dupont has been a Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the USA, in Washington DC, since August 2015. In this role, he liaises between the EU institutions and the United States on a whole range of policies in the Justice and Home Affairs area, from data protection to human rights. He has been working with the European Union since 2007.

Ajmel Quereshi, Senior Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF)

Ajmel Quereshi serves as Senior Counsel at LDF. Before joining LDF, Ajmel worked as Staff Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, where he litigated complex class action claims involving the United States’ most inhumane correctional facilities. He served as one of the lead counsel in Dockery v. Epps, challenging conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, and assisted in the representation of the Plaintiff class in Parsons v. Ryan, a statewide class action concerning the lack of health care and conditions of confinement in Arizona’s prisons.

Ajmel previously co-directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University School of Law, where he also taught courses in Torts and Federal Civil Rights. Under his direction, the Clinic filed amicus briefs in several cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as in Fletcher v. Lamone, in which the United States District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the nation’s first statewide law to prohibit prison-based gerrymandering. Prior to joining Howard Law School, Ajmel received a Skadden Fellowship and directed the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the ACLU of Maryland. In that capacity, he argued before Maryland’s highest court and regularly testified before the Maryland legislature. He currently serves on the ACLU of Maryland’s Board of Directors.  Ajmel’s editorial writings have appeared in various newspapers; he has published articles in several legal journals; and his cases have been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, among others. In 2010, the Maryland Daily Record named him one of the top legal professionals in Maryland under 40.  Ajmel is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.  After graduating, Ajmel clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable James G. Carr of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Jasmine L. Tyler, Advocacy Director, US Program, Human Rights Watch 

Jasmine L. Tyler is the Advocacy Director for the US Program at Human Rights Watch. She currently handles federal criminal justice, immigration, and national security policy. Prior to joining HRW, she was the senior policy advisor for drug policy and global health in the Washington, D.C. office of Open Society Foundations, where she worked with Congress and the executive branch to shape domestic and international policy.

Previously, Jasmine served as deputy director of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she helped lead reform efforts to address the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine which culminated in the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. She has also worked as research director for the Justice Policy Institute and as a sentencing advocate in public defenders’ offices in Fairfax, VA and Washington, D.C.  Jasmine’s firsthand understanding of the harms of our criminal justice system began as a child visiting her father in prison. She holds an MA from Brown University and a BS from James Madison University, both in sociology.

Synopsis: Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases.


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