April 4-5, 2019

Schedule - 2019 Criminal Justice Section Spring CLE

Complimentary CLE Program

Criminal Justice Section
Hilton Downtown Nashville

Hilton Downtown Nashville

Thursday’s program will be at the law firm Bass Barry Sims, 150 Third Avenue South, Suite 2800, Nashville, TN 37201

Friday’s Program will be at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Location: Bass Barry Sims, 150 Third Avenue South, Suite 2800, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM: Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kim Parker, Chair Elect, ABA Criminal Justice Section

9:10 AM - 10:30 AM: Opening Plenary: Facing Our History: A Day in the Life of Women in Criminal Justice

This opening session will feature a diverse and multi-generational group of women who have practiced in different areas of the criminal justice systems and discuss their lived-in experiences in navigating and excelling in the profession.

  • Moderator:  April Frazier Camara- First Vice Chair
  • Speaker: Martesha Johnson, State Public Defender, Nashville, TN

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Networking Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM:

Break out #1: Shatter the Glass: A Candid Conversation about the Challenges facing Women in Criminal Justice

This session will discuss the barriers faced by women in criminal justice and how they navigated to overcome those issues in their career.

  • Moderator: Scarlett Nokes, Bradley, Nashville, TN
  • Speaker: Joy Boyd Longnecker, Baker Donelson, Nashville, TN

Break Out #2: Confronting Implicit Bias

This session will discuss how implicit bias impacts women in the criminal justice profession.

  • Speakers:  Hon. Bernice Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Professor Sarah Redfield, York, ME

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM: "Celebrating Women in Criminal Justice Luncheon"

This event will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment in TN and celebrate present unsung heros and leaders in the ABA criminal justice community.

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM: Let’s Talk Solutions: Confronting Implicit Bias and Shattering the Glass Ceiling

The workshop will be interactive and focus on solutions to the issues discussed during the morning break out panels.  There will be small group discussions along with larger discussions focused on solution-oriented approaches to overcoming barriers and bias.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Networking Tea/Coffee Break

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: White Collar Crime Town Hall:  Women & Leadership:  Evolution & Revolution

This panel will explore the significant strides that women have made to become leaders in all aspects of the legal profession while also discussing the very critical work that remains to be done.

  • Moderator :  Lisa Rivera, Bass Berry Sims, Nashville, TN
  • Speakers: Kristin Graham Koehler, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Aleta Trauger, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of TN

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: CJS Women in CJ Networking Reception

Friday, April 5, 2019

Location: Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration/Check-in

Coffee & Tea Networking with Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Welcoming Remarks

Lucian E. DERVAN, Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section and Assoc. Prof. of Law, Belmont Univ. College of Law

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Opening Welcome Address

The Honorable David Briley, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Plenary Session I – The Role of the Bench in Criminal Justice Reform: Do Cash Bail Systems Undermine Justice and Democracy?

A centerpiece of the criminal justice reform must be “bail reform.”  This session will address reforms in state system; alternative measures to replace money bail; strategies to achieve success, and considerations of fairness and due process in bail systems.

  • Moderator: Hon. Bernice B. Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Speakers: Hon. Jeff Bivins, Chief Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Hon. John Minton, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Julie Warren, Right on Crime

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Networking Coffee & Tea Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Plenary Session II – Prosecutors as Agents of Change 2.0 – Conviction Integrity Units

Prosecutors across the county have begun to embrace Conviction Integrity Units as the role of prosecutor continues to expand from simply seeking convictions. Conviction Integrity Units seek to review convictions and insure justice is served, even if that means affirmatively requesting convictions be overturned. This panel discussion will help to describe what Conviction Integrity Units are and what they aren’t. The panel will provide insights on how prosecutor offices can form units, even in smaller jurisdictions. Additionally, the panel will describe how Conviction Integrity Units work with law enforcement, victims of crime and prosecutors who are wary of their purpose.

  • Moderator: Justin Bingham, City Prosecutor, Spokane, Washington
  • Speakers: Patricia Cummings, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kevin Curtin is Senior Appellate Counsel for Middlesex District Attorney
  • Mark Dupree, Wyandotte County District Attorney, Kansas

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM: Special Presentation: What Popular Song Lyrics Tell Us About Gideon’s (Failed) Promises

Presentation and Performance by Professor Sara Gerwig-Moore, Mercer Law School

12:20 PM - 1:30 PM: Networking Luncheon

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: PLENARY Session III – Criminal Justice Reform and the States

These panelists will discuss the challenges facing state criminal justice systems, with a focus on Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. The panel will also highlight successful reforms enacted in the states, and how the states have led the way for federal reforms, such as the First Step Act.

  • Moderator: Julie Warren, Right on Crime
  • Speakers: Secretary John Tilley, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
  • Representative Michael G. Curcio, Chair of the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee
  • Michelle R. Suskauer, President, Florida Bar Association

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Afternoon Keynote Address

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Networking Coffee & Tea Break

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM: Plenary Session IV – From Diversion to Reentry: Innovations in Criminal Justice Reform | Co-Sponsored by the ABA Center for Innovation

Innovation can come in the form of cutting edge ideas, or new technology. In this panel discussion, hear from three panelists who used innovation to approach challenges at various touch points within the criminal justice system. From creating a new diversion program with treatment, to re-envisioning the way returning citizens come home, the panelists will share their unique approaches to changing what justice means in the 21st century and beyond.

  • Moderator: Melba V. Pearson, Deputy Director, ACLU of Florida
  • Speakers: Sheriff Daron Hall, Davidson County, Tennessee
  • Sam Harden, Florida Justice Technology Center, Tallahassee, FL
  • Bettie Kirkland, Executive Director, Project Return, Nashville, TN

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Plenary V – Mass Incarceration and the First Step Act | Co-Sponsored by the American Bar Foundation

Mass incarceration has become a uniquely American crisis.  This panel discussion will focus on the issue of mass incarceration and consider the impact of the First Step Act, a landmark, bi-partisan criminal justice reform legislation aimed at reducing incarceration rates. Varying perspectives on the issues will be offered as we hear from a member of the United States Sentencing Commission, a member of the Cyntoia Brown defense team, and two panelist who have conducted extensive research in the area.

  • Moderator: Hon. Tracie Todd, 10th Judicial Circuit, Alabama
  • Speakers: Dean Rachel E. Barkow, NYU School of Law and Member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Professor John Hagan, Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation and John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University
  • Edward M. Yarbrough, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, Nashville, TN

5:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Lucian E. DERVAN, Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section and Assoc. Prof. of Law, Belmont Univ. College of Law

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: The Criminal Justice Section Spring Reception

All guests are invited to attend.

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