Prof. Prentice White recently gave a talk titled “The Judge Made Me Do It: Determining the Effects of Judicial Gestures and Expressions on a Criminal Defendant” on March 23, 2016, at the Thurgood Marshall Law School at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.
Pro. White discussed how judicial expressions and gestures can contribute to unconstitutional guilty pleas. His talk was part of a scholarship exchange program between law schools at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Texas Southern University, St. Mary University, Texas Tech University, the University of Memphis, and Texas A&M University.
Formally called the Southern Central Association of Law Schools (SCALS), this exchange program was formed in Spring 2013 in an effort to provide a forum for faculty to present works-in-progress and published papers at law schools that were within a short flight or drive away from their home institution, as well as to nurture scholarly and institutional collaborations and professional friendships among individual faculty members at member schools. The Southern University Law Center (SULC) annually hosts a number of SCALS visiting lecturers and sends its own faculty to member schools to give scholarly talks throughout the year.
White is an associate professor of law at SULC. He joined the faculty in 2001 and teaches courses in Civil Law Property, Business Entities, Louisiana Civil Procedure, and Sales and Lease. He is a past recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at the University of Michigan and has published a number of articles on procedure, litigation, and the rights of women and children.
His publications have appeared in the Pepperdine Law Review, the American University Journal of General, Social Policy, and Law, the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law, and the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.