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October 16, 2011

Penn Law Review presents “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric & Reality”

2011 Law Review Symposium Poster FinalI have the great honor of having been invited to participate in this great sentencing conference taking place later this month at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. And I now have the great pleasure of providing a bit of promotion for this event by reprinting this e-mail text from the Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is hosting its 2011 symposium, “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric & Reality” at the Law School on October 28 and 29.  The event will cover the current dynamic issues of this area of law with distinguished judges, legislators, scholars, practitioners, and nonprofit leaders.

The featured panel co-sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and Right on Crime will include Congressman Bobby Scott, former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson, the fourth director of the FBI William S. Sessions, and Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, all of whom are in a position to effect real change.

The Hon. Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who as a district court judge presided over the guilty plea and sentencing of Bernie Madoff, will serve as our featured lunch speaker.   The New York Times called the sentence he imposed–150 years imprisonment -- “the most stunning and widely discussed sentencing in the history of American white-collar crime.”

For more information about the schedule, speaker biographies, and registration, please visit http://www.pennumbra.com/symposia.  Registration fees for the event are: $75 for professionals in private practice; $35 for government and nonprofit employees, and non-University of Pennsylvania academics; $10 for non-University of Pennsylvania students; and free for University of Pennsylvania faculty and students.   Symposium attendees may receive up to 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit at $10 a credit.

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The set of speakers is a bit one sided, don't you think, Doug. Why don't the DOJ or prosecutors or cops or victims get invited to these things (even congressional hearings)?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 16, 2011 1:38:52 PM

SC --

I agree fully with your post, except for your use of the phrase, "a bit."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 16, 2011 5:05:01 PM

Bill: Perhaps, one reason you agree is that the above is not me. I do not call Prof. Berman, Doug, until he asks me to. No link to my blog.

To my impostor: I happen to 100% agree with you, and we are on the same side of victim advocacy. Please, feel free to call yourself SC II, SC Jr. SC fan, etc. But please leave this copyrighted fictional character to me. Everyone's IP address in listed in the blog Sitemeter. That fact is brought up solely for friendly information purposes.

Back to Bill: It would be great if you could make it to the symposium, on Saturday. The train station is a quarter mile from the location. If you can't say you had an intellectual and lawyerly blast there, I will reimburse your travel expenses. You can defend the DOJ view. Of course, there is both too little, and too much prosecution. Both the false positive and the false negative rates are unacceptable outrages. Full disclosure of economic conflicts of interests should be required from all participants, to modulate their credibility, which is really nil.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 16, 2011 6:28:39 PM

SC --

I have to admit I was taken in by the imposter. It's really bad news that someone would do such a thing. I don't know what can be done about it, but I'm sure something should be. Appropriating other people's monikers is incredibly dishonest and could lead to massive confusion.

I appreciate your offer, but I tend not to attend conferences to which I am not invited. The Penn Law Review is a private organization entitled to put on a slanted event. It's unfortunate that they made that choice; I would have hoped for something more balanced from such a highly regarded law school.

If I went, not to fear, I would pay my own way. I'm a fairly steadfast believer that people should pay their own bills. I am grateful for your generosity, however.

As an aside, since I grew up in Wynnewood, on the Main Line, I know the Penn neighborhood well. My father was a Penn undergrad. The law school is within walking distance of 30th Street Station, if you're in good shape.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 16, 2011 6:56:50 PM

They will have a good time singing to the choir at this symposium. Nary a representative from the law and order side of the spectrum.

Only Heather McDonald of the Manhattan Institute has been invited into this "Lion's Den" of progressive thought.

Posted by: mjs | Oct 17, 2011 3:27:02 PM

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