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May 02, 2024 Section News

Fall Institute Highlights

Kyo Suh

The ABA Criminal Justice Section’s 16th Fall Institute, “Partnering Across the Aisle and out of the Box: Advancing Justice and Equity in the Criminal Legal System and Profession,” convened on November 2–3, 2023, at The Madison Hotel, Washington, DC, where public and private defense attorneys, state and federal prosecutors, academic scholars, members of the judiciary, and members of impacted communities shared transformational partnership projects, systemic litigation strategies, and policy reforms that are advancing justice and equity in the criminal legal system.

Opening Address was given by Lisa M. Wayne, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Plenary sessions included the following prrograms.

Protecting the Independence of Prosecutors and Defenders

The discussion focused on the difference between legitimate and illegitimate pressures on prosecutors and defenders and whether the Criminal Justice Section should seek to develop ABA policy on this subject. Speakers included Sara Alpert Lawson, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP; Sidney Allen Butcher, district court judge, Maryland Judiciary; Bernice Donald, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Keisha Hudson, chief defender, Philadelphia Public Defender Office; Rosemary Nidiry, senior counsel, Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; and Andrew Warren, twice-elected, once-removed prosecutor, Hillsborough Co., Florida. Moderator was Steve A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law and Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, George Washington University Law School.

Courageous Leadership: A Key Ingredient to Creating a Fair and Equitable Criminal Legal System

This panel discussed and examined courageous leadership and its role in shifting the criminal legal system toward equity and justice. Panelists included Alvin Bragg, New York County District Attorney; Bernice Donald, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Jessica Yeary, B.C.S., public defender, Second Judicial Circuit, Tallahassee, Florida. Moderator was April Camara, president & CEO, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Washington, DC.

The Institute was a part of the CJS Fall Meeting, which included “The Criminal Justice Leadership Summit and Appreciation Luncheon” and “White Collar Crime Town Hall—DOJ’s White Collar Enforcement Priorities in the Upcoming Year,” as well as committee and council meetings.

CJS Awards

The complete list of 2023 CJS awards are:

  • The Albert J. Krieger Champion of Liberty Award: Derwyn Bunton, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s chief legal officer;
  • The Curtin-Maleng Minister of Justice Award: Monique H. Worrell, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Florida, and Kristine Hamann, the executive director and founder of Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence;
  • The Charles English Award: Leila Sadat, Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University;
  • The Raeder-Taslitz Award: Deborah Denno, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School;
  • The Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award: Anthony DeMarco, founder of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts; and
  • The Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award: Gerald (Jerry) Gardner, director of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.

Staff News

Jessalyn Walker, director of the Legal Education Police Practices Consortium, has left the ABA to join the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.


Eric Lee has joined the CJS team as the new Criminal Justice Standards Director. Eric was an assistant attorney general of Illinois.

Upcoming Events

  • April 30–May 2: National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Chicago, IL
  • July 31–August 6: ABA/CJS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • September 4–7: Southeastern Regional White Collar Crime Institute, Braselton, GA
  • October 14–15: London White Collar Crime Institute, London, UK
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Kyo Suh

Publications Manager

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