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October 01, 2023 Section News

Annual Meeting Highlights

Kyo Suh

The Criminal Justice Section’s Annual Meeting took place on August 3–5, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, with CLE programs and committee and council meetings.

Following CLE programs were offered:

  • From Standing Rock to Cop City: Criminal Law’s Role in Environmental Justice and Resistance;
  • Emerging Trends in Corporate Criminal Enforcement;
  • Extending Justice 3: They Don’t Look Like Extremists or Terrorists;
  • The Ethics of Simultaneous Representation: Navigating Pool Counsel Waters;
  • Annual Review of Supreme Court Decisions.

The Curtin-Maleng Minister of Justice Award was presented at the CJS Annual Meeting, which went to Erek Barron, US Attorney for the District of Maryland, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and Andrew H. Warren, State Attorney, Florida 13th Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County.

Committee Updates

Young Lawyers and Law Student Development Committees will be merging into one committee in 2023–2024. This new structure will facilitate a more focused approach in supporting members exploring or starting a career in criminal justice. Members of this combined committee would benefit from practical career information, publishing and speaking opportunities, networking, public service opportunities, and activities to improve the criminal justice system.

In March 2023, the CJS LGBT Committee partnered with the ABA Governmental Affairs Office to draft the ABA’s position in support of the Food and Drug Administration’s new blood donor eligibility recommendations, replacing a policy of blanket deferments for gay and bisexual men donors with a deferral policy based on individual, risk-based assessments of potential donors, independent of sexual orientation.

Project News

The ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium concluded the third fellowship class in April 2023, consisting of 41 students from 28 ABA-accredited law schools in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Students met via Zoom weekly, to learn about a variety of themes related to policing, public safety, and professional development from an assortment of external speakers. Presenters hailed from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing at Arizona State University, the Center for A New American Security Center for Justice Research and Innovation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as other experts from Consortium-member schools and policing think-and-do tanks.

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Kyo Suh

American Bar Associaiton

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