Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 03/21
Keynote Lecture sponsored by
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Reginald "Reggie" Shuford
Executive Director, North Carolina Justice Center
Tuesday, March 21
Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)
John F. Scarpa Hall
Villanova Law welcomes Reggie Shuford, Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center, for its annual keynote lecture honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reggie Shuford became Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center in February 2023 following an eleven-year tenure as Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Before leading the ACLU of PA, he spent over fifteen years at the ACLU national office in New York City where he was Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney.
During Shuford’s time with the ACLU, the organization beat back efforts to expand mandatory minimum sentencing, advocated for policies that led the state’s prison system to decrease its population by 20% and laid the groundwork that led to a gubernatorial moratorium on executions that started in 2015 and still stands today.
Shuford has been honored five times by The Philadelphia Tribune with its Most Influential African American Leader Award, and, in 2021, the news outlet City & State PA included him among its Philadelphia Power 100, a list of the most influential people in Philadelphia politics. The Philadelphia Bar Association also honored him with the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Bar Star Award. He has also received UNC Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and has served as a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.
Following the keynote lecture, a reception will be held in the Arthur M. Goldberg '66 Commons.