Criminal law experts — including U.S. Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and officials from the Department of Justice, U.S. Sentencing Commission and U.S. Air Force — will weigh in on efforts to curb overcriminalization, shape gun laws, change the military justice system and update federal sentencing measures.
In addition, the ABA Task Force on the Reform of Federal Sentencing for Economic Crimes will discuss its proposed changes to sentencing guidelines for economic crimes.
Sixth Annual Fall Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Program highlights include:
“Fixing a Broken System: An Update on the Work of the Bipartisan House Judiciary
Task Force on Over-Criminalization” — Panelists, including Ron LeGrand, Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, and Caroline Lynch, majority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-Criminalization Task Force, will discuss the bipartisan effort to streamline and rationalize federal criminal law in order to address the problems of too many crimes in the federal code and criminalizing behaviors that could be regulated by civil laws and regulations.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
“Does Our Military Justice System Need to Change?” — Panelists, including Lt. Col. Dawn D. Hankins, head of the Air Force Special Victims’ Counsel Program, will focus on whether commanders should be relieved of the responsibility for the preferral of charges in the military justice system, how large of a change this would be in the military and whether changes made by other countries could or should be a model for the United States.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
“Update on Federal Sentencing Law & Policy” — This panel will address recent developments in federal sentencing policy from the perspectives of Congress, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the Department of Justice and federal defenders.
Friday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This event is free and open to members of the press. Issue experts are available to speak on overcriminalization, the military justice system, gun laws and federal sentencing reform. For media credentialing and more information, please contact Rabiah Burks at 202-662-1002 or Rabiah.Burks@americanbar.org.
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