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April 2, 2014

Terrific upcoming NYU Law conference on "Mercy in the Criminal Justice System"

Image001I am very pleased and very excited that on April 15 this year I will be spending all day thinking and talking about something other than my income tax forms.  That is because, as detailed in the program linked at the bottom of this post, I will be spending that day attending and speaking at the Sixth Annual Conference of the NYU Law School's Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.  This year's NYU Center conference is focused on clemency and related topics.

The full official title for the event, which runs from 10am to 4pm at NYU Law is "Mercy in the Criminal Justice System: Clemency and Post-Conviction Strategies," and the keynote speaker is White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.  Here is a brief account of the panels and participants scheduled to surround the keynote:

Panel 1: The Role of Law Schools in Delivering Clemency and Post-Conviction Assistance.

This panel will discuss how law schools are providing critical services to prisoners through clemency clinics and other mechanisms, and will also provide practical training on how to effectively prepare clemency petitions, post-conviction motions and provide other reentry support to prisoners.

Moderator: Prof. Mark Osler, University of St. Thomas Law School.  Panelists: Prof. Anthony Thompson, NYU Law; Prof. J.P. “Sandy” Ogilvy, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University; Harlan Protass, Esq., Clayman & Rosenberg; Prof. Joann M. Sahl, University of Akron Law School.

Panel 2: What We Can Learn About Clemency From the States.

This panel will examine the different ways clemency and pardon petitions are administered in selected states with effective systems.

Moderator: Nancy Hoppock, Executive Director of the CACL. Panelists: Lt. Governor Matthew Denn, State of Delaware; Hon. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., King & Spalding and former Governor of Maryland; Margaret Love, Esq., former U.S. Pardon Attorney; Jorge Montes, Esq., former Chairman of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.

Panel 3: The Future of Clemency.

This panel will discuss recent developments in federal clemency and where clemency could and should be headed in the future.

Moderator: Prof. Rachel E. Barkow, NYU Law. Panelists: Amy Baron-Evans, National Federal Defender Sentencing Resource Counsel; Prof. Paul G. Cassell, University of Utah Law School; Prof. Douglas A. Berman, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Sam Morison, Esq.; Dafna Linzer, Managing Editor of MSNBC.com.

Persons can register for this great and timely conference at this link.

Download CACL.ClemencyProgram5

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What proportion of the participants are constitutional conservatives?
Is the view represented at all?

Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 3, 2014 8:55:48 AM

Should I wait for NYU Law to host a symposium titled, "Making More Determined Efforts to Reduce Crime"?

OK, just joking.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Apr 3, 2014 9:12:49 AM

Where is the Mercy for Victims panel?

Posted by: AUSA12 | Apr 3, 2014 11:40:15 AM

Some interesting choices for the non-lawyers.

Posted by: P.S. Ruckman, Jr. | Apr 3, 2014 12:57:26 PM

This is not a sarcastic question. I don't know these people and do not wish to pre-judge. Does any represent the interests of crime victims? And do victims matter in a policy discussion of this nature?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 3, 2014 4:24:47 PM

Paul Cassell has done significant victims' rights work.

Posted by: Jay | Apr 3, 2014 4:35:12 PM

Judge Cassell has done significant victim impabct statement work. That idea is a Trojan Horse for lawyer government make work jobs. The reason is that victims willneed pprofessional help navigating our legal sytem. These statements are ex parte testimony even though called attestations by the Supreme Court. They are self evident and trivial. Everyone knows it is upsetting if a loved one is murdered. They inflame, without cross examination, "Is not true your life has improved since your abusive husband was murdered?" They serve only retributionist aims, which are immature, ieffective, and lawless being from the Bible, a book by a bunch of Iraqi and Palestinian peasants.

The interest of victims is safety. Where is the advocate for that?

The real interest

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 3, 2014 10:26:22 PM

How are retributionist aims "immature, ineffective, and lawless", if some Biblical societies, such as pre-1960s N. America, were more lawful?
How did Christianity effect Danish (Viking) lawlessness?

“Moreover, we shall find it no easy task to mold a natural ethic strong enough to maintain moral restraint and social order
without the support of supernatural consolations, hopes and fears…There is no significant example of history, before our time, of a society successfully
maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”

-- Will Durant, Humanist, 2/77, p.26;
Will & Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History, 1968, p.51

Posted by: Adamakis | Apr 4, 2014 3:50:53 PM

Well I had wrote a long post but my time expired and when I tried to refresh all was erased. I am do warn from writing but I guess I have no choice but sum comment up. I am just asking and please requesting that when there's discussion of sentencing reform, smarter sentencing act, second chance, clemency, and Compassionate Release that all of these acts should apply for state prisoners. They acts are being passed for federal prisoners but in all fairness should also be pass for state prisoners. My husband is a low level one security and I have traumatic head injury. On bop.gov compassionate release is for federal not state and should also apply for STATE prisoners also. My doctor has told me that I need someone with me 24/7 and my husband is my only 24/7 caregiver . To help overcrowding and save everyone one these laws should be passed and those who are no threat to society and are low level 1 security be released. I believe those who have not harmed anyone or murderered should be released. Thee us nor to my story if how our rights have been broken and how my husband has been stabbed in eye and eye bleed for 2 weeks and now needs eye surgery since 2011 because inmate stabbed him in eye. My husband took plea 0-5yr non Violant because tried to fire public defender twice for pro bono lawyer or pro se but judge denied him to fire pd and gave him 10yrs Violant but judge said he considered him not to have criminal record. But a guy who murderered someone that same judge let him have pro bono lawyer and that guy was bragging he had best lawyer and he just got probation this is not fair. Our 4,5,6,7&8th amendments broken and illegal track devices put on 2 if our vehicles even broke into my trunk without proper procedure or courts warrant. Husband was put in holding room because no bed available and was denied bathroom and shower rights and he has kidney problems his mom&moms sister died of kidney disease. Judge Micheal Baxley in 45page court ruling ruled sc state scdc to come up with plan for overcrowded and unsafe unconstitutional neglect of prisoners this can be viewed on theatlantic this is horrible how the prisoners are treated. Some examples are on this site.My husband has suffered being stabbed in eye and needs eye surgery since
2011. I'm praying Compassionate Release be passed for STATE, and my husbanded released.

Posted by: Lisa McDaniel | Apr 6, 2014 10:53:51 PM

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