Past Event: Law & Disorder

When: Wednesday, April 12, 7:00pm
Price: $20 and up | $15 for Museum members
Image courtesy of Ronald Kuby

In this latest installment of the Only in New York serieshost Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with two veterans of America's criminal justice system: legendary defense attorney Ronald Kuby and former prisoner, now paralegal Shabaka Shakur.  Based on the testimony of a corrupt detective, in 1989 a Brooklyn jury found Shakur guilty of a double homicide he insisted he didn’t commit. Imprisoned upstate for 27 years, Shakur's conviction was finally overturned in 2015. Join Kuby and Shakur as they discuss Shakur’s extraordinary - but all too common - case, and what it says about our flawed criminal justice system.

Only in New York with Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir is a conversation series bringing together two distinctive New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity, culture, and history -- glass of wine in hand.

Please note that the start time of this program has changed from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
6:30 pm
: Doors to the auditorium, Ronay Menschel Hall, on the Museum's Ground Floor open
7:00 pm: The program begins
8:15 - 8:45 pm: Join us for a wine reception following the event in the Museum's Rotunda

About the Speakers
From the time Ronald Kuby was expelled from middle school in 1970 for publishing an underground newspaper until today, Kuby has taken pride in being a general pain in the ass to whatever powers that be. Kuby graduated from Cornell Law School in 1983 and now runs his own law firm in New York City specializing in criminal defense and civil rights. He successfully fought for the release of Shabaka Shakur from state prison in 2015.

Shabaka Shakur was imprisoned for more than 27 years for a double murder that he did not commit due to a detective's fabricated testimony. While incarcerated upstate at the Shawagunk Correctional Facility, Shakur spent much of his time in the prison library, earning a college degree and working on his own appeal and those of his fellow inmates. He now works as a paralegal at Ronald Kuby's law office in New York City and has just opened a restaurant, Brownstone, in Downtown Brooklyn. 

Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Brearley School, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received her masters, she was also The New York Times' nightlife correspondent, covering 252 parties in 18 months.

Special thanks to The New School Urban Studies Program and the Innocence Project

$25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

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