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Netflix Documentary ‘Trial 4’ Panel Discussion

On March 1, 2021, the Institute on Race and Justice hosted a panel discussion about Netflix’s Trial 4, a documentary that explores the experience of Sean K. Ellis, whose 1993 conviction for the killing of a Boston police officer was reversed by a Massachusetts court in 2015. The panelists examine the implications of Sean’s fight to prove his innocence and concerns about police corruption and systemic racism in the city of Boston.


  • Ted Landsmark, JD, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
  • Daniel S. Medwed, JD, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice
  • Lisa Kavanaugh, JD, Innocence Program Director at the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services


  • Jack McDevitt, PhD, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice

This event was co-sponsored by the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University School of Law, and Northeastern University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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