Kelly Berkell, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Center on American Law and Extremism (CALE), a New York-based nonprofit organization. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an adjunct professor in John Jay’s Criminal Justice Masters Program. She has developed guidance on legal and compliance considerations for practitioners working to prevent targeted violence, and her research on the intersection of the U.S. criminal justice system with the prevention of extremist violence has been published in various outlets, including the Harvard National Security Journal and Journal for Deradicalization.
This cannot be thought of as a conference or a summit. The stakes are simply too high and the data/conversation and methods to drive action more valuable/motivating than any gathering I have attended. I took more than 100 pages of notes and have shared them with my CBS News leadership team, anchors, producers, and correspondents. Nothing about this gathering was easy. The agony around this topic is real. But no one curious about it could ask for a more devoted, rational, or unflinching look into this dark but decipherable world.