Megan Williams, a 20-year-old black woman from Logan County who police say was brutalized by six white people, is the subject of a hate crime forum Wednesday (Oct. 17) at the West Virginia University College of Law that will feature the states deputy attorney general.

Paul Sheridan will discussHate Crimes, Gender Violence and Community Responses: a Forum in Honor of Megan Williamsat 7 p.m. in the Lugar Courtroom.

He will talk about how the Williams case has affected all West Virginians, no matter the color of their skin. The idea of the forum, organizers say, is to inspire a dialogue to eliminate such violence for good.

The forum is sponsored by student law groups The Coalition to End Race and Gender Violence, Alliance for Social Justice, WVU Law Chapter of West Virginia, Generation Next, Black StudentsLaw Association and Womens Law Caucus.

WVU s Division of Social Work and its NOVA Institute are co-sponsors.

For more information, contact law professor Judith Scully at or 304-293-6835.