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Criminal Justice Section

"The Unified Voice of Criminal Justice" – With its diverse membership of  criminal justice professionals, the ABA Criminal Justice Section is uniquely situated to bring all the various actors to the table to address today's most pressing criminal justice issues.

2024 CJS Spring Meeting: Forensic Science and Information Technology Institute

April 11-12, San Diego, CA. "Unlocking Justice: Navigating the Future of Law with Advances in Forensics, Technology, and Artificial Intelligence"

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CJS Resolution on Prosecutorial Discretion Passed at the ABA Midyear Meeting

Resolution 501 urges governments to affirm the essential role of prosecutorial discretion and to protect prosecutors for removal for partisan reasons.


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Additional 2023 Awards Recipients Announced

Charles English Award -- Leila Sadat, Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University; Raeder-Taslitz Award –- Deborah Denno, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School; Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award -– Anthony DeMarco, founder of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts; Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award -– Gerald (Jerry) Gardner, Director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. These awards will be presented at the CJS Spring Meeting in 2024.

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Project Report: Judgment Drafting

The first installment in a series of International Criminal Law Practice Project publications identifying best practices and providing practical guidance for common challenges faced by practitioners of international criminal law. Judgment Drafting addresses a range of issues unique to the complex judgments produced through atrocity crimes cases.


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New Season of JustPod, the CJS Podcast

Two new hosts, Justin Danilewitz and Geonard Butler, are leading JustPod's general programming. Nina Marino and Joe Whitley will continue to host "White Collar Talks" series.

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Legal Education Police Practices Consortium

The Consortium aims to contribute to the national effort examining and addressing legal issues in policing and public safety, including conduct, oversight, and the evolving nature of police work. The Consortium will leverage the ABA’s expertise and that of participating ABA accredited law schools to collaborate on projects to develop and implement better police practices throughout the United States.

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CJS Committees

Committees offer CJS members the best opportunity for direct involvement in Section activities, such as organizing CLE offerings, developing publications and policy proposals.

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Contact Us

The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 662-1500, Email: [email protected] Social Media Hashtag: #ABACJS.