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October 19, 2020 Section News

Annual Meeting Highlights


Kyo Suh

The Criminal Justice Section Council met virtually on August 1–2. The Council thanked the outgoing Chair Kim T. Parker and welcomed the incoming Chair April Frazier-Camara of Washington, DC. The following CJS-sponsored ABA resolutions were passed by the ABA House of Delegates:

  • 106A on Restorative Justice: Urges criminal justice stakeholders to consider using a restorative justice response to crime as one effective alternative, or adjunct to, a criminal adjudicatory process in appropriate cases; and
  • 106B on Discovery Standards: Adopts the black letter of the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Discovery, Fourth Edition, dated August 2020, to supplant the Third Edition (August 1994) of the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Discovery.

Programs originally planned for the Annual Meeting were converted to webinars, including:

  • Review of the Supreme Court’s Term—Criminal Cases; and
  • The Heightened Risk of Parallel Investigations: What In-House and Outside Counsel Must Know to Navigate Today’s Uncertain Terrain.

New Webinars

Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Criminal Justice Section programs that were scheduled for the Spring and Summer of 2020 were either cancelled or postponed. Some major events were converted to webinars, and following new webinars were offered:

  • Examination of Witnesses: Trial Tactics for the Novice Attorney
  • SEC and DOJ Enforcement: What’s on the Horizon?
  • Confronting the Criminalization of Blackness in the Criminal Legal System
  • Compassionate Release
  • Does Qualified Immunity Trump the Rule of Law?
  • Current Developments in INTERPOL Red Notice Abuse
  • Special Q & A: Graduating into a Recession?
  • Enhancing Justice: Reducing Bias
  • The Intersection of the Criminal Justice System and People with Mental Disabilities

Visit CJS Events for upcoming events and video recordings of past programs.

The CJS Podcast

Season 2 of The JustPod has begun, available on iTunes, Spotify, and Buzzsprout. Recent episodes include:

  • Juvenile Justice and the Foster Care System
  • The Power of Restorative Justice.
  • Trial Tips: Examining a Witness
  • Law Student Well-Being
  • Implicit Bias
  • COVID and Virtual Court
  • Prisoners of COVID-19
  • George Floyd and Prosecution of Police
  • Investigating Child Abuse During COVID

Member News

Albert Krieger, famed defense lawyer and former CJS Chair (2002-2003), passed away on May 14, 2020, in Miami. The Criminal Justice Section has submitted a request for ABA approval to establish an award in his honor, intended to recognize defense attorneys, to be named “The Albert Krieger Defense Attorney Award,” which would honor those who embody the principles enunciated in the ABA Standards for Criminal Justice, Defense Function.

New Books

The State of Criminal Justice 2020, edited by Mark Wojcik
Authors from across the criminal justice field provide essays on topics ranging from white collar crime to international law to juvenile justice. The State of Criminal Justice is an annual publication that examines and reports on the major issues, trends, and significant changes in the criminal justice system during a given year. As one of the cornerstones of the Criminal Justice Section’s work, this publication serves as an invaluable resource for policymakers, academics, and students of the criminal justice system alike.

Street Legal: A Guide to Pre-trial Criminal Procedure for Police, Prosecutors, and Defenders, Second Edition, by Ken Wallentine
This practical, comprehensive guide on criminal procedure is a must-read for police investigators, defense attorneys, and prosecutors or any lawyer who needs a quick reference and reliable answer to a pre-trial criminal procedure question. Author Ken Wallentine, former prosecutor, investigator, and police chief, explains criminal procedure basics and nuances in a practical, straightforward language.

Visit CJS Books for ordering information.

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Kyo Suh is the technology and publications manager for the Criminal Justice Section.