UM Law to Host Conversation with Derek Chauvin Prosecutor in George Floyd Case


Attorney General Ellison

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 20, 2021) – Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who led the successful prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, will speak at the University of Miami School of Law, as part of their Alan S. Becker and Gary A. Poliakoff Preeminent Leaders in Law Speaker Series, on October 6, 2021.

“It is an incredible honor to have Attorney General Ellison as our first featured guest in this series,” said Gary Rosen, Becker & Poliakoff CEO and managing shareholder, who will lead the conversation. “I believe both Alan and Gary would be proud of their namesake firm and alma mater for connecting influential leaders like AG Ellison with the next generation of lawyers.”

Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general on January 7, 2019. He is the first Black and the first Muslim American to be elected to statewide office in Minnesota.

From 2007 to 2019, Ellison represented Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first African American elected to Congress from Minnesota and the first Muslim to serve in the House or Senate. He served for 12 years on the House Financial Services Committee, where he helped oversee the financial services industry, the housing industry, and Wall Street, among others. Among his legislative accomplishments are passing provisions to protect credit-card holders from abusive practices and protect the rights of renters and tenants. While in Congress, he founded the Congressional Antitrust Caucus and the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus. He also served as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which he helped build to more than 100 members.

Becker & Poliakoff established the series to honor the legacy and memory of the law firm’s founding members. Becker, J.D. ’69, and Poliakoff, J.D. ’69, were two distinguished alumni of the University of Miami School of Law and prominent leaders in the legal community.

“The reality of AG Ellison’s experience as a multi-hyphenate American charged with upholding the highest standard of the law while under national, if not global, scrutiny will be invaluable to our students and attendees,” added Interim Dean and Visiting Professor Nell Jessup Newton.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. EST at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146. To follow UM COVID-19 event protocols, attendance is by invitation only. A livestream of the event will be available

Please note: The event will follow all University of Miami event COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing, and masks must be worn covering nose and mouth indoors at all times. All outside attendees will be required to submit the University of Miami’s Daily Symptom Tracker before entry.