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July 15, 2023 Section News

Spring Meeting Highlights

Kyo Suh

The ABA Criminal Justice Section held its 2023 Spring Meeting on April 20–22 in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring the Spring Institute with CLE programs, and holding committee and council meetings.

The theme of this year’s Spring Institute was “Memphis: At the Intersection of Civil Rights and Criminal Justice.” Plenary sessions featured “Traction from Tragedy—Police Accountability as a Whole of Society Approach” and “Current Trends and New Developments Where Criminal Issues Intersect with Civil Issues.”

Breakout sessions included:

  • Voter Suppression/Voter Fraud Criminalizing the Voting Rights of People with Criminal Convictions
  • Coming to Grips with Broken Windows Theory: A Closer Look
  • Addressing the Criminalization of Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Youth
  • Youth Justice: Ensuring Meaningful Reentry and Reintegration

Global White Collar Crime Institute in Argentina

This year’s Global White Collar Crime Institute came back to South America and was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina during March 30-31, hosted at the Law Firm of Marval O’Farrell Mairal. Plenary sessions included:

  • Meet the Enforcers
  • A Comparative Examination of Sentencing in White Collar Cases
  • Money Laundering, Asset Recovery, and Crypto-Currencies
  • Internal Investigations: Global Cooperation and Resolution Considerations
  • Procedural and Structural Differences Between Jurisdictions
  • Global Anti-Corruption Trends

White Collar Crime Institute in Miami

The 38th National White Collar Crime Institute was held in Miami, Florida, on March 1-3, 2023, and drew record attendance. The program included several “ethics” and “skills” sessions to satisfy the CLE requirements of all state bars. The much-acclaimed panels of US District Judges, general counsel of leading corporations, and the Directors of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as senior representatives of the US Department of Justice Criminal Division, returned this year.

US Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco gave the annual E. Lawrence Barcella Memorial Address. The Women in White Collar Luncheon featured Camille Vasquez Partner, a partner at Brown & Rudnick LLP and the counsel for Johnny Depp during Depp v. Heard trial.

Midyear Meeting

The 2023 CJS Midyear Meeting took place February 1-3 in New Orleans, featuring the following CLE programs:

  • Sending Children to Angola Prison Death Row: Implications for Families, Justice, & Reform;
  • An Extraordinary Program on Extraordinary Writs: What Everyone Needs to Know;
  • What Can the On-Screen Sherlock Holmes Teach Us About Brilliant Inferences Versus Implicit and Explicit Biases?
  • Extending Justice II: Strategies to Increase Inclusion and Reduce Bias (A Focus on Gender)
  • The State of Criminal Justice 2022: The Authors Speak

CJS Award Winners

In addition to Mark E. Wojcik, professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Law School (recipient of the 2022 Raeder-Taslitz Award), and Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, professor at the Hofstra University School of Law (recipient of the 2022 Charles English Award), the following have been awarded the rest of the 2022 CJS awards:

  • The Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award—Seema Gajwani, Chief, Restorative Justice Program Section, DC Attorney General’s Office;
  • The Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award—Dr. Aleksandra Chauhan, Juvenile Defender Advocate, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense;
  • The Curtin-Maleng Minister of Justice Award—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.

New Books

Advancing Equity at the Intersection of Race, Mental Illness, and Criminal Justice Involvement

By Deanna M. Adams

Mental illness and racial inequity are prevalent within the criminal justice system. This book provides key concepts necessary for attorneys to develop their own personal equity framework and approaches to their legal practice.

Representing People with Dementia: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers

Edited by Elizabeth Kelley

There is a growing recognition that people with dementia become involved with the criminal justice system. Representing People with Dementia is a practical, easily digestible guide for lawyers working with this non-traditional type of criminal defendant.

For more info on CJS books, see

Upcoming Events

  • August 2-8, 2023: ABA/CJS Annual Meeting: , Denver, CO
  • September 6-8, 2023: Southeastern Regional White Collar Crime Institute,Braselton, GA
  • October 9-10, 2023: London White Collar Crime Institute, London, UK
  • November 2-3, 2023: CJS Fall Institute, Washington, DC
  • November 28-30, 2023: ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, National Harbor, MD

For more info on CJS programs, see

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Kyo Suh

Criminal Justice Section

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