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August 28, 2008

Awesome ABA conference on sentencing

I just got this official brochure for a conference being put on by the ABA this October titled, "Sentencing Advocacy, Practice and Reform Institute."  I was excited when invited to participate in the conference earlier this year; I am now even more excited to be able to attend now that I see the extraordinary set of topics and participants the ABA Criminal Justice Section has put together. 

Here are just some of the topics/panels that look great:

  • The State of the Sentencing Union: Rates of Incarceration, Sentencing Trends, Racial Issues, A Brief Overview of Alternatives to Imprisonment and Recent Legislation
  • Alternatives to Imprisonment: Mediation, Diversion, Drug Courts
  • Update on Sentencing Law: Supreme Court, Appellate, Legislation (N.B.: this is my panel, so I am biased when I say it looks great, though I am really commenting on the other panelists)
  • Sentencing Practice and Procedure: Plea Negotiations, Charging Practices, and Charge-Based Sentencing
  • Sentencing in White Collar Cases: Sarbanes-Oxley, A Five Year Retrospective
  • The Future of Federal Sentencing: Data on Advisory Guidelines and the Need for Simplified Guidelines Legislation
  • The Second Chance Act and Reentry Issues: What Works to Reduce Recidivism?

Kudos to the ABA planning committee for putting together such an amazing and timely conference covering nearly all of my favorite topics.

August 28, 2008 at 09:18 AM | Permalink


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