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2020 Presidential Summit & Symposium on Sentencing

Online - 5.0 General Credits

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SUMMARY:

The landscape of sentencing policy has shifted in recent years, with federal and state lawmakers advocating fewer draconian penalties and beginning to scale back certain sentences. Whether these small tremors will ultimately lead to a seismic shift remains an open question, but it is clear that the United States stands at a critical juncture for sentencing reform. The symposium is designed to equip practitioners and policy advocates with the latest strategies and research to seize the moment and foster more rationale and humane policies. This multi-day virtual event will feature an array of prominent national and international experts from the academy, frontlines, and policy arena, covering the full range of sentencing topics and policy considerations.

CLE offered for select panels. See agenda for details.

FORMAT: LIVE Webinar (Eastern Standard Time)
DURATION: Approx. 14 hours over 4 days
DATE: October 19-22, 2020
COST: Free
CLE: The accreditation of this program is currently pending in all states with mandatory CLE. 

Agenda

The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - Prison
10:30 - 11:00 am

Introductory Remarks
Dean William Treanor, Dean and Executive Vice President, Georgetown University Law Center
Chris Adams, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

11:00 am-12:00 pm Rethinking Prison - Lessons from Scandinavia
Professor Steven Chanenson, Professor of Law, Director of the Villanova Sentencing Workshop, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law; Dr. Jordan Hyatt, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Justice Studies, Drexel University; Dr. Synøve Andersen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
12:15  - 1:15 pm Rethinking Prisons - Implementing Reform at Home and Abroad
Superintendent Kenneth Eason, Superintendent, State Correctional Institution Chester, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; Patricia Connor-Council, Unit Manager, State Correctional Institution Chester, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections; Governor Are Hoidal, Governor, Halden Prison; Dr. Jordan Hyatt, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Justice Studies, Drexel University; Dr. Synøve Andersen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
1:30 - 2:30 pm Is Prison Necessary?
Susan Marcus, Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Firm of Susan K Marcus LLC; Jorge Antonio Renaud, Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Anne Oredeko, Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Unit, Legal Aid Society; sujatha baliga, Senior Fellow, Restorative Justice Project
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Litigation/Seeking Justice
1:30 - 2:00 pm Prison Abolition, and a Mule
Professor Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University Law Center
2:00 - 3:00 pm 5th, 6th & 8th Amendments - Innovative Constitutional Sentencing Arguments (CLE-eligible)
Professor William Berry III, Montague Professor of Law, The University of Mississippi School of Law; Professor Corinna Lain, S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law; Professor Megan Ryan, Associate Dean for Research, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; Professor John Stinneford, Professor of Law, Assistant Director Criminal Justice Center, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum, Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Professor Michael Mannheimer, Professor of Law, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law; Professor Douglas Berman, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 
3:15 - 4:15 pm Stepping-Up Implementation of the First Step Act (CLE-eligible)
Elizabeth Blackwood, Counsel & Project Director, First Step Act Resource Direct, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Mary Price, General Counsel, FAMM; Davina Chen, National Sentencing Resource Counsel, Federal Public and Community Defenders; John Gleeson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
4:30 - 5:30 pm Back-End Advocacy: Second Chances and Second Looks
Professor Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University School of Law; Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, District Attorney's Office;  David Singleton, Executive Director, Attorney at Law, Ohio Justice & Policy Center; Norman Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Other Voices
1:30 - 1:50 pm Judicial Remarks
Chief Judge McMahon, Chief United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
2:00 - 3:00 pm Client Perspectives - Centering Impacted Persons in Reform
Brandon Sample, Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, Brandon Sample PLC; Joshua Boyer, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, Prison Consultant, and Paralegal; Sekwan Merritt; Prof. Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
3:15 - 4:15 pm Enlightened Prosecutors and Reform: Re-Envisioning Justice
Brett Tolman, Former United States Attorney for the District of Utah, Founder of the Tolman Group; Arthur Rizer, Director, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties, Resident Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution; Somil Trivedi,  Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Law Reform Project, American Civil Liberties Union; District Attorney Larry Krasner, District Attorney of Philadelphia
4:30 - 5:30 pm The Future of Sentencing Reform: Leveling Up and Ratcheting Down
Amy Fettig, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project; Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Koch Industries, Inc., Retired; Professor Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Professor Vida Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Mitigation/Special Topics
1:00 - 1:45 pm The Death Penalty and Sentencing: Applying Lessons Learned from Capital Sentencing and the Graham-Miller Resentencing to Sentencing in all Cases 
Professor Stephen Bright, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Susan Marcus, Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Firm of Susan K Marcus LLC
2:00 - 3:00 pm Mitigation:  Framing Sentencing at Every Stage (CLE-eligible)
Professor JaneAnne Murray, Professor of Practice, University of Minnesota Law School; James Felman, Partner, Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.; Yasmin Cader, Founder, Cader Adams Trial Lawyers; Vivianne Guevara, Director of Social Work and Mitigation, Federal Defenders of New York in the Eastern District
3:15 - 4:15 pm Mental Illness: Misconceptions and the Multiplier Effect (CLE-eligible)
Professor E. Lea Johnston, University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, University Term Professor, Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Bonnie Hoffman, Director of Public Defense Reform and Training, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Akin Adepoju, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defender’s Office; Professor Deborah Denno, Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Neuroscience and Law Center, Fordham University School of Law
4:30 - 5:30 pm Juvenile Sentencing Reform: Law, Policy and Prevention (CLE-eligible)
Professor Cara Drinan, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law; Halim Flowers, Artist, Writer, Activist; Tyrone Walker, Associate and Project Director, Justice Police Institute; Professor Eduardo Ferrer, Visiting Professor at the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Policy Director of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative, Georgetown University of Law Center  

Faculty

  • Chris Adams, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Akin Adepoju, Assistant Federal Defender, Federal Defender’s Office
  • Dr. Synøve Andersen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
  • sujatha baliga, Senior Fellow, Restorative Justice Project
  • Professor Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, Faculty Director Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, New York University School of Law
  • Professor Douglas Berman, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Joshua Boyer
  • Professor Stephen Bright, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Professor William Berry III, Montague Professor of Law; Director, Cambridge Summer Abroad Program, The University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Elizabeth Blackwood, Counsel & Project Director, First Step Act Resource Direct, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Professor Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Yasmin Cader, Founder, Cader Adams Trial Lawyers 
  • Professor Steven Chanenson, Professor of Law, Director of the Villanova Sentencing Workshop, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Davina Chen, National Sentencing Resource Counsel, Federal Public and Community Defenders
  • Patricia Connor-Council, Unit Manager, State Correctional Institution Chester, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (Invited)
  • Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, District Attorney's Office
  • Professor Deborah Denno, Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Neuroscience and Law Center, Fordham University School of Law
  • Professor Cara Drinan, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
  • Superintendent Kenneth Eason, Superintendent, State Correctional Institution Chester, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (Invited)
  • James Felman, Partner, Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A.
  • Professor Eduardo Ferrer, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University of Law Center 
  • Amy Fettig, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
  • Halim Flowers, Artist, Writer, Activist
  • John Gleeson, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 
  • Vivianne Guevara, Director of Social Work and Mitigation, Federal Defenders of New York in the Eastern District
  • Bonnie Hoffman, Director of Public Defense Reform and Training, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Governor Are Hoidal, Governor, Halden Prison
  • Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Koch Industries, Inc., Retired
  • Professor Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • Dr. Jordan Hyatt, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Justice Studies, Drexel University
  • Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum, Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Professor E. Lea Johnston, University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, University Term Professor, Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Professor Vida Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 
  • District Attorney Larry Krasner, District Attorney of Philadelphia
  • Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director, Fair and Just Prosecution
  • Professor Corinna Lain, S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Professor Michael Mannheimer, Professor of Law, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
  • Susan Marcus, Criminal Defense Attorney, Law Firm of Susan K Marcus LLC 
  • Chief Judge McMahon, Chief United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Sekwan Merritt 
  • Professor JaneAnne Murray, Professor of Practice, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Anne Oredeko, Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Unit, Legal Aid Society
  • Mary Price, General Counsel, FAMM
  • Norman Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Jorge Antonio Renaud, Regional Director of Policy and Advocacy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Arthur Rizer, Director, Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties, Resident Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Professor Megan Ryan, Associate Dean for Research, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Brandon Sample, Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, Brandon Sample PLC
  • David Singleton, Executive Director, Attorney at Law, Ohio Justice & Policy Center
  • Professor John Stinneford, Professor of Law, Assistant Director Criminal Justice Center, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Brett Tolman, Former United States Attorney for the District of Utah, Founder of the Tolman Group
  • William Treanor, Dean and Executive Vice President, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Somil Trivedi, Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Law Reform Project, American Civil Liberties Union 
  • Tyrone Walker, Associate and Project Director, Justice Police Institute

 

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