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The Lawfare Podcast: Daniel Richman and Sarah Seo on Law Enforcement Federalism

Jen Patja Howell, Benjamin Wittes, Daniel Richman, Sarah Seo
Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:00 PM

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Daniel Richman and Sarah Seo are professors at Columbia Law School, and they are co-authors of a recent article on Lawfare entitled, "Toward a New Era for Federal and State Oversight of Local Police." Benjamin Wittes sat down with them to discuss the article, the history of the federal-state relationship in law enforcement, how the feds came to play an oversight role with respect to police departments, the limits of that role inherent in the cooperative relationship that law enforcement agencies engage in for other reasons, the role that the feds might play under new legislation and the role that state governments may play as well.

Jen Patja Howell is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.
Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books.
Daniel Richman is the Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.
Sarah A. Seo is a professor at Columbia Law School and the author of "Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom."

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