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July 24, 2005

Criminal justice sessions at ACS conference

Who says nothing happens in DC in the summer?  Besides all the SCOTUS activity, there are a bunch of great conferences in the coming weeks.  I have noted before the 2005 Conference of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions, taking place in DC on August 7-9; as this schedule shows, the NASC Conference will have lots of Blakely and Booker talk.

But if you are in DC and cannot wait until August, this coming week the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will host its 2005 National Convention from July, 28-31.  The theme is “The Constitution in the 21st Century,” and, as detailed in this schedule, the speakers are an amazing group and a number of plenary and breakout sessions will explore important criminal justice issues.  Particularly catching my eye are breakout sessions on "Racial Inequality in the Criminal Justice System" and "Can Federalism Be Progressive?" and a plenary session with a bunch of federal judges discussing "Sentencing After Booker and Blakely: How Much Has Changed?"  (It might have been especially interesting if some state judges were on this final panel, but the roster of federal judges slated to speak is still very impressive.)

If I did not have plans to be at a beach house, I would be sure to head to DC for this event.  But I definitely plan to check out the main plenary sessions on-line: the folks at ACS report that the they plan to post video of these session here on their website.

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