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Devon Simmons served 15 years in prison for crimes he committed as a teenager. Since then, he’s been on a mission to remake not just his own life, but the legal system itself.
Harlem native Devon Simmons spent 15 years in prison, and rather than letting that time dictate the path his life would take, he was determined to use that experience to help others find a better path forward. He went on to graduate from college and co-founded a group that creates opportunities for formerly incarcerated people often in the legal field, and has won several prestigious awards along the way. Simmons joins Yodit Tewolde on “Making the Case” to talk about his story using a negative experience and turning it into a positive. All this and more on “Making the Case.”
Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has named Columbia Law School's Center for Institutional and Social Change as the winner of its Racial Justice Award. The organization, which is based in New York, will receive a £50,000 (US$70,000) donation and 500 hours of pro bono support over an 18 month period supporting its Paralegal Pathways Initiative, responding to the persistent racial injustice in the United States' criminal legal system.