The Push for Change: Legislative Pathways to Police Reform
Protests against police use of force have spurred nationwide conversations surrounding possible changes to law enforcement. In this public forum, a panel featuring Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Assemblyman Tom Roberts (R-Las Vegas), and other experts will discuss proposed and recently enacted reforms.
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Aaron Ford, Nevada Attorney General
Before being elected Nevada’s Attorney General, Aaron Ford served as the Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate. He has been the Minority Leader, Assistant Majority Whip, and previously held a leadership role on several legislative committees. He was recognized as best Senate Freshman by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rookie of the Year by the Reno Gazette Journal, and Senator of the Year by both Help Animals Nevada and the Nevada Conservation League for his work during the 2013 Nevada Legislative session. AG Ford earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Studies and his M.A. in International Education from George Washington University. He also earned an M.A. in Educational Administration, his law degree and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. Before practicing law, AG Ford served as a public school math teacher, shaping hundreds of lives. Among his many community accolades, he has served on the Clark County Justice of the Peace Selection Committee and recognized as a Mountain States’ “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star in Law”. AG Ford is a former Board Member of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Olive Crest of Nevada, and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.
Tom Roberts, Assemblyman, R-Las Vegas
Tom Roberts is a Nevada politician and former law enforcement officer serving as a member of the Nevada Assembly from the 13th district. Roberts earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force in 1993, a B.S. in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1999, a master of human relations degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. Roberts joined the United States Air Force at age 19. He served from April 1984 to August 1993, spending nine years as a law enforcement specialist. Roberts served as a police officer in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from August 1993 until his retirement in January 2018. At the time of his retirement, Roberts was an assistant sheriff.
Roberto Villaseñor, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Roberto Villaseñor retired as the Chief of Police for the Tucson Police Department in December 2015, after serving 35 years with the department. During that time he served in every capacity of the department, dealing with a variety of issues unique to a border community in the Southwestern United States. Villaseñor was one of eleven members to serve on President Barack Obama’s Task Force on the 21st Century policing, which was created in response to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer. Since retiring, Chief Villaseñor became a Founding Partner of 21CP Solutions, and as such has been working in a variety of communities helping them address local and regional problems. He has served as the Monitor for the University of Cincinnati reform efforts, and also serves as a member of the Federal court ordered Monitoring Team, overseeing the implementation of the Baltimore Consent Decree. Chief Villaseñor holds a B.S. degree from Park University and a M.Ed. Degree from Northern University. He has successfully completed the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the FBI National Academy, and the FBI National Executives Institute. In 2015, the Tucson branch of the NAACP presented him an award for “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice”, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber named him the “2015 Arizona Public Servant of the Year”.
Wesley Juhl, Communications Manager, ACLU
Wesley Juhl joined The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada as communications manager in August 2017. He earned his undergraduate degree at UNLV, where he studied journalism and creative writing. He covered crime, police and public safety at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for years and has earned three Nevada Press Association awards for his work there. The ACLU is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” The ACLU provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk. Juhl is a native Las Vegan who enjoys comic books, poetry and spending time with family and friends.