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October 25, 2017

Excited to be inside the Beltway to help with "Advancing Justice"

Blogging may be light over the next 36 hours because I am in Washington DC to participate in this great event, "Advancing Justice 2017: An Agenda for Human Dignity & Public Safety." Here is how the event is described/summarized:

Criminal justice and policing reforms have made tremendous gains at both the state and federal level in the last several years.  However, the ongoing opioid crisis, questions around violent crime, and continued police militarization show us that there is still much to be done.

On Thursday, October 26, please join the Charles Koch Institute for a one-day conference in Washington, D.C. to identify the next set of criminal justice reform priorities, and showcase a broad coalition of policy makers, academics, think tanks, and community activists who’ve helped bring us this far.  Together, we are committed to supporting the best ideas and lending our voice to the national conversation for an advancement in human dignity and greater public safety. We hope you can join us.

The conference speakers include Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, John Pfaff, professor of law and economics at Fordham University, Doug Berman, the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law at Ohio State University, Anne Milgram, a professor of practice & distinguished scholar at New York University School of Law, former Baltimore Ravens Player Eugene Monroe, George J. Terwilliger III, former acting attorney general and partner at McGuireWoods, and Sharanda Jones, a criminal justice reform advocate who received clemency for a life sentence.

Given this amazing collection of 40+ speakers scheduled to speak at this event, I am amazed and humbled I got included in the summary "teaser" of conference speakers.  I will be speaking on a late morning panel titled "A Fight over Federalism: The Future of Marijuana Policy," and I am genuinely excited about attending so many of the other amazing sessions on this agenda covering so many timely and important criminal justice reform issues of the day.

October 25, 2017 at 01:54 PM | Permalink


Have fun meeting the corporate overlords. I kid.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 25, 2017 2:35:07 PM

A rogues gallery of biased pro-criminal, anti-victim, rent seeking low lifes.

Posted by: David Behar | Oct 25, 2017 4:12:16 PM


I came here to say that! (only I wouldn't be kidding).

Posted by: Daniel | Oct 25, 2017 4:52:33 PM

I would like Prof. Berman to conduct a brief unscientific survey. If he starts a conversation with anyone there, ask each person, "Is the crime rate rising or is it falling in the United States?" Give us a rough fraction.

Posted by: David Behar | Oct 25, 2017 8:59:23 PM

"Have fun meeting the corporate overlords. I kid."

You are a Communist. Then, you are not.

I cannot take it anymore.

Posted by: David Behar | Oct 25, 2017 9:01:58 PM

Have fun, DAB. Don't let anything bother you from that.

Posted by: anon | Oct 25, 2017 10:53:31 PM

What is amazing about this? It appears to be recycled BS to me.

Posted by: John Neff | Oct 26, 2017 10:12:39 AM

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