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April 5, 2011

In Massachusetts to talk about federal sentencing at my alma mater

I am about to go off-line for the day because I have the pleasure of spending the afternoon and evening in (rainy) Cambridge, Massachusetts because of a kind invitation to participate in an event organized by the Harvard Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society."  Here is the official event announcement:

Tuesday at 7PM in Ropes Gray (Second Floor of Pound Hall) at Harvard Law School:

Judge Nancy Gertner & Professor Douglas Berman


“The New Sentencing Regime — Or Not!”

Come join two amazing speakers for dinner and a conversation about the future of sentencing in the federal system, touching on issues ranging from the crack/cocaine-powder disparity to child pornography, immigration, and white collar crime.  Judge Nancy Gertner is one of the nation’s leading progressive district judges and will join the HLS faculty next fall as a Professor of Practice.  Professor Douglas Berman, HLS ’93, maintains the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, edits the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and regularly participates in high-profile sentencing litigation throughout the country.

I think this event is open to the public, so if you are in Cambridge and want a sentencing-related excuse to get out of the rain, head up Mass Ave this evening.

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Although Judge Gertner is a prototypical VFL, the body of her decisions adds complexity. That makes her harder to dismiss.

She allowed federal liability to falsely convicted people.

She reduced an inappropriate award to the RIAA, but did not eliminate it.

She furthered the cause of Daubert standards in the criminal law.

One self-evident criticism. One always thought lawyers liked to argue. The meeting is an one sided love fest of left wingers. How can people stay awake?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 5, 2011 10:46:00 PM

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Posted by: Big pony | Apr 11, 2011 6:04:32 AM

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