Attorney General Eric Holder (Aug. 12, 10 a.m., Moscone Center West) is among high-profile speakers as well as several federal and state Supreme Court justices, including California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson (Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m., Moscone Center West). Also, San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr and Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Johnson are among panelists who will evaluate the effectiveness of various gun control measures at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 at the Moscone Center West.
In addition to the more than 1,400 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates — the association’s policymaking body — will meet at 9 a.m. on Aug. 12-13 at the Moscone Center West in the third-floor ballroom. For details on the proposals for debate and vote during the two-day session, click here.
During the two-day session, on the afternoon of Aug. 12, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor, for her exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.
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Criminal justice programs include:
Thursday, Aug. 8
“Are Courts Dying? The Decline of Open and Public Adjudication” — The high cost of lawyers, decreased court funding, the volume of criminal cases and new laws that mandate outsourcing adjudication to private venues threaten our court systems. Several state Supreme Court justices and federal judges, including California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakaue and Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, will discuss the rise of open, public, independent courts and its impact on the judicial process.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Rooms 2014/2016, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Justice at Last? Italy’s Renewed Processes for Crimes Committed in World War II” — In recent decades, Italy’s criminal courts reopened World War II cases to pursue perpetrators of war crimes committed against its citizens. As a result of a 2012 ruling by the International Court of Justice, Italy has begun negotiations with Germany to obtain compensation for Italian victims through diplomatic channels. Panelists will examine the postwar effort to repair these injustices using the Italian and related Greek cases to review the possibilities of legal remedies in response to current violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
2 – 4 p.m., Concordia, 2nd Floor, Westin Market Street
“What Is the Criminal Justice System’s Role in Ending Homelessness?” — Panelists will address mounting concerns regarding the criminalization of people managing chronic homelessness who appear to refuse offers of housing, treatment or service. Cities across the country have passed laws and implemented initiatives aimed at moving people from the streets, and advocates have responded with litigation. The program will include a broad spectrum of perspectives in an effort to generate a constructive dialogue on best practices and effective strategies to end homelessness for the population that is the most difficult to serve.
2 – 4 p.m., Impressionist I/II, 4th Floor, St. Regis
“Technology, Psychology and Persuasion in the Courtroom: Implications for Cutting-Edge Legal Practice” — Today’s civil and criminal practitioners are faced with all manner of technology-driven options for utilizing and conveying psychological principles in the courtroom. Panelists will share examples of the latest technological advances in evidence and survey the legal and scientific bases that establish the persuasive effectiveness of these techniques.
2:30 – 4 p.m., Nikko Ballroom I, 3rd Floor, Hotel Nikko
Friday, Aug. 9
“Lawyers, Guns and Money: Prohibitions, Restrictions, Guns in Schools, Civil Liability — Will These Strategies Prevent Gun Violence and Save Lives?” — Panelists — including San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr and Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Johnson — will explore various evidence-based approaches to gun control. They also will answer the question: Does America have the will to do what it takes to stop the violence?
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2022, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Professional Responsibility in Representing Persons with Diminished Capacity and Disabilities” — Attorneys representing persons with disabilities face unique challenges in meeting their primary duty to allow their clients to make “adequately considered decisions” in the course of their case. Panelists will examine the ethical rules related to client competency, maintaining the integrity of the attorney-client relationship, confidentiality issues surrounding a client’s disability and the circumstances when an attorney may withdraw from representation.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2002, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Brand New Tools That Can Help You Combat Implicit Bias: Jury Instructions, Voire Dire Questions and More!” — A panel of judges will demonstrate the new practical techniques to combat implicit bias in voir dire and jury deliberation from the ABA Achieving an Impartial Jury Project, an initiative to develop a research-based approach to increasing impartiality among jurors, attorneys and judges.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Franciscan Ballroom II, 3rd Floor, Westin Market Street
“Child Victims and the Juvenile Justice System: Approaches to Helping Victims at Risk of Delinquency” — Criminal justice experts will weigh in on the emerging issue of crossover and child victims and witnesses who are at risk of entering the juvenile and criminal justice system. They will address ways to steer young victims of crime, abuse and neglect toward recovery and away from entry into the juvenile justice system.
1 – 3 p.m., Franciscan Ballroom II, 3rd Floor, Westin Market Street
“These Days Everybody Has Long Arms: Global Jurisdiction for Criminal Offenses and International Double Jeopardy” — The enforcement and prosecution of criminal and regulatory offenses overseas has increased. Panelists will address the expanding use of the various laws used to assert jurisdiction over crimes committed abroad and the complications that arise when several countries seek to prosecute a person or entity for the same criminal conduct matter. Experts will examine the impact of reaching a settlement with one country for a particular client and not the others.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 2018, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“The Government/Private Prison Experiment: New Laws, Rising Populations and Changing Conditions” — Panelists will discuss the legal, economic and custodial care implications of privatization of prisons and detention facilities and which options provide the best conditions for prisoners and detainees. They will also focus on whether the private prison lobby has a connection to “tough on crime” sentencing laws, state immigration laws or increased incarceration rates.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3004, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Corporate Internal Investigations in the Midst of a Government Inquiry: A View from All Sides” — A panel — including Director Andrew Ceresney of the SEC Division for Enforcement and Chief Jeff Knox of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section — will discuss the issues and pitfalls faced by lawyers, auditors and clients in internal investigations and related SEC and DOJ proceedings. The panel also will explore the decision of when and how much to cooperate with the government in its investigation and the multitude of issues that arise in the course of a company’s cooperation, as well as the implications of independent board investigations for management, board members, auditors and the government.
3:30 – 5 p.m., Franciscan Ballroom II, 3rd Floor, Westin Market Street
Saturday, Aug. 10
“Handling the Criminal Misdemeanor and Traffic Case” — Panelists will share insights and techniques for representation of clients involved in drug, traffic and criminal cases. The program will include discussion on new client interviews, discovery review processes, available motions and plea option reviews.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2008, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Corporate Social Responsibility Is 2013’s Newest Business Imperative: Are You Prepared for the Regulatory Deluge?” — This program will summarize the latest developments in supply-chain compliance laws, both domestic and international. Panelists will cover new and proposed regulations, including the recent executive order on human trafficking pertaining to government suppliers; the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act; EU Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives; SEC Conflicts Minerals Disclosure Rules; anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA, U.S. Travel and UK Bribery Act; new regulations in foreign countries; and the Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2018, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Smuggled: A Screening of the Film and a Dialogue on International Efforts to Combat Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking” — Director Ramon Hamilton will screen his new film, Smuggled, about a 9-year-old boy and his mother who are smuggled into the United States. Afterward, Hamilton and other panelists will discuss the response of individual countries on human trafficking and smuggling, the distinctions between smuggling and trafficking, as well as the necessary cooperative efforts to reduce the trading of human beings across international borders.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Stanford, 3rd Floor, Westin Market Street
“Legal and Ethical Consequences of Medicinal Marijuana Representation: A Dope Niche — With State Law Changes, It’s Pot That’s Hot” — Panelists will discuss the state-level policy work undertaken by the Marijuana Policy Project; provide an overview of the arguments regarding federal authority versus states’ rights to develop law in this area; review the extant laws in the various states, comparing and contrasting them, considering their approaches to patients, dispensers and growers; and reference relevant ethics opinions.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 2005, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
Information on these programs and other Annual Meeting events are available here.
During the Annual Meeting, accredited journalists should register on site at the Moscone Center West, Exhibition Hall, first floor , beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8. A press room for accredited reporters will be provided in 2014 Overlook, located on the second floor of the Moscone Center West, starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8. The room will be open daily thereafter from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will close one hour after the House of Delegates adjourns on Aug. 13.
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