Marissel Descalzo, Anthony Musto
Marissel Descalzo, Anthony Musto
Co-Chairs: Mark Dwyer, Rory Little, Daniel Harawa, Matthew Redle, Marisa Chun
The Amicus Committee makes every effort to respond to the increasing number of requests for Criminal Justice Section applications for ABA amicus briefs. The Committee monitors pending Petitions for Certiorari and notes cases where the ABA might want to file a brief. As it has in the past, the Committee will consider such requests:
· in light of the importance of the issue and its significance to lawyers, the legal profession or compelling public interest;
· applicable ABA policy;
· the court in which the case is pending;
· the timeline for submission of the brief; and
· identification of a qualified brief writer.
Based on its review, the Committee will make recommendations to the Section Council or its Executive Committee. Upon Section approval and to the extent necessary and appropriate, the Committee will assist in drafting the application to the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs and, if the application is approved by the Board of Governors, in editing the draft brief.
Please make sure that a request to the Amicus Committee includes a summary of the record, including a copy of the Circuit Court opinion, any District Court findings and orders, and a summary as to how ABA policy supports the issues on appeal.
Goals for 2020-2021:
Co-Chairs Rebecca Brown, Jessica Langsam,
Explores habeas reform, studies current use of material witness warrants and procedural protections related to the issuance and continued detention of individuals under such warrants; makes recommendations regarding appropriate policy statements.
Seeks improvements in post- conviction remedies in State and Federal jurisdictions.
Considers existing or proposed measures that would enable heirs or family members of executed defendants, who had maintained their innocence, to try to establish their actual innocence through DNA evidence or other means. The same remedies would likewise be available for heirs of convicted defendants who had died of natural causes.
Co-Chairs: Matthew Esworthy, Jason Gonzalez, Jody Westby
Studies various crimes committed via computer such as internet fraud, hacking, intellectual property theft, e-mail threats, child protection, etc.
Co-Chairs John Hanson, John Rollins
The Forensic & Investigative Practices Committee strengthens the Criminal Justice Section’s service to members working in the field of criminal justice and enhances the ability of the Section and its members to better understand and identify forensic and investigative resources supporting, relevant and necessary to their work. The Forensic & Investigative Practices Committee also represents the interests of its members to the Section and works with other Section Committees and sub-committees to better achieve their goals through joint CLE programs, policy development, issue(s) awareness & understanding, publications and task forces. Further, the Forensic & Investigative Practices Committee tracks and examines contemporary issues faced by professionals working in forensics and investigative practices.
Co-Chairs: Andrew Boutros, T. Funk, Preston Pugh, Mara Senn
The Committee plans, organizes and sponsors events and publications in the anti-corruption field; works closely with, among others, the International Section’s Anti-Corruption Committee and some of its constituents, as well as the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility and Forced Labor Task Force, and the ABA President's Task Force on Human Trafficking.
The Global Anti-Corruption Committee's principal purpose is to monitor, evaluate, and report on developments under trans-national anti-bribery instruments such as the United Kingdom Bribery Act, the German Anti-Corruption Act, the Japanese Unfair Competition Prevention Law, Russia’s National Plan for Counteraction to Corruption, South Africa’s Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.N. Convention Against Corruption, and the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention, among other anti-corruption analog apparatuses.
Co-Chairs Arjun Sethi, Joe Whitley
This Committee serves as a resource to other ABA components, and to the public, on homeland security issues as they relate to the criminal justice system. These issues include: the legal issues associated with the prevention of terrorist attacks, the detection, apprehension and punishment of terrorists, the legal framework governing response to terrorist attacks, natural disasters or other emergencies, ensuring the continued functioning of the criminal justice system in response to terrorist attacks, natural disasters or other emergencies.
The Committee seeks to ensure that any and all policies relating to security, terrorism and treatment of enemy combatants respect the civil and human rights of all people. This is particularly important when these policies disproportionately impact communities of color. The Committee will continue to raise awareness about policies that exceed government authority and violate the spirit, even if not the black letter, of the U.S. Constitution. The Committee will pay special attention to new policies impacting undocumented immigrants at the border and inside the country, as these policies are increasingly justified on national security grounds. The Committee will continue to monitor military detention at Guantanamo Bay and urge that the United States set an example for all to follow. Finally, the Committee looks forward to collaborating with other CJS sections in their efforts to amplify diverse voices within the ABA and the field of law generally.
Co-Chairs: Holly Cooper, Jaime Hawk
Explores the interconnectedness between immigration issues and criminal law particularly in human trafficking and collateral consequences of felony convictions for non-citizens . Considers impact of immigration laws and policy on prosecution, judicial and defense functions.
Chair: Tyler Hodgson
Vice Chair: Bruce Zagaris
Studies developments in international criminal law, particularly as they affect the practice of law; explores methods of international cooperation through agreements and legislation; and works on projects with the ABA Section of International Law and Practice. The committee also monitors developments in international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Goals for 2020-2021:
1. Continue to host informative CLE events on issues relating to international criminal law;
2. Explore strategic partnerships with organizations/committees on issues of international justice and criminal law;
3. Revive the Committee Newsletter;
4. Continue to grow committee membership; and
5. Bring policy issues on international criminal law to the attention of the Council for potential resolutions when appropriate.
Co-Chairs: Mark Beardsworth, Patrick Hanes
This committee will bring together international and domestic practitioners to address the growing trend in cross-border investigations and prosecutions, as well as engage practitioners who have a practice tailored to international white collar crime, as opposed to solely domestic. The committee will go beyond the limits of anti-corruption (as addressed by the Global Anti-corruption Committee), but will have a narrower focus than the White Collar Crime Committee or the International Committee.
This committee will focus on a multitude of areas of international white collar, including cross-border money laundering and financial transactions, OFAC and ITAR compliance, corruption, international labor violations, customs fraud, offshore tax violations, corporate criminal liability, corporate human rights violations, market misconduct and manipulation, MLATs and international enforcement cooperation, and extradition. The Committee will also work in conjunction with the global white collar efforts of the Criminal Justice Section. It will also be a source of new membership, attracting international practitioners.