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Annual Meeting Highlights

Kyo Suh

The ABA Criminal Justice Section met in Chicago during the ABA Annual Meeting, August 2–5, 2018. The Section hosted several CLE programs, Council and committee meetings, and presented resolutions on criminal justice policy to the ABA House of Delegates.

The CJS panel, “Opioids in America,” gathered medical, dental, and legal professionals to discuss a multidisciplinary approach to the opioid crisis. Another panel, “The Future of Problem Solving Courts,” discussed the struggle to find the balance between treatment and incarceration when managing the opioid crisis.

The Section presented a total of eight CLE sessions, featuring expert discussion of other timely issues such as cyber breach aftermath, cyber law, trends in white collar crime, FCPA compliance, and a review of Supreme Court decisions.

At the Council meeting, outgoing CJS Chair Sandy Weinberg gave his closing statements and introduced the incoming Chair, Professor Lucian Dervan of Belmont University College of Law, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The ABA House of Delegates adopted the following CJS-sponsored resolutions:

  • 100 A—Urges bar associations, law schools, and other stakeholders to develop and increase curricular offerings through which law students provide pro bono representation of incarcerated individuals and those reentering society.
  • 100 B—Urges Louisiana and Oregon to require unanimous juries to determine guilt in felony criminal cases and reject the use of non-unanimous juries where currently allowed in felony cases.

New Book: The State of Criminal Justice 2018

This annual publication, edited by Professor Mark Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School, examines and reports on the major issues, trends, and significant changes in the criminal justice system. The 2018 volume contains chapters focusing on specific aspects of the criminal justice field, with summaries of all the adopted official ABA policies passed in 2017–2018 that address criminal justice issues.

Upcoming Events

  • 11th CJS Fall Institute and Meetings: November 1–4, 2018, Washington, DC
  • ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference: December 2–4, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland
  • 35th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud: December 12–13, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • ABA/CJS Midyear Meeting: January 24–27, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 33rd National White-Collar Crime Institute: March 6–8, 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Spring CLE, Council & Committee Meetings: April 4–7, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee

Kyo Suh

Technology and Publications Manager

Kyo Suh is the technology and publications manager for the Criminal Justice Section. He is also a columnist for Criminal Justice magazine.

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