July 18, 2018

ABA Annual Meeting to host program, ‘America’s Criminal Justice: Essential to Rule of Law’

CHICAGO, July 18, 2018 — Chuck Rosenberg, former acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and former chief of staff to ex-FBI director James B. Comey, will be the keynote speaker for the program, “America’s Criminal Justice System: Essential for the Rule of Law,” to be held Aug. 4 during the American Bar Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The 2017-2018 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index ranked the United States 19th out of 113 countries surveyed, slipping a point from its ranking the year before, as its score for “Constraints on Government Powers” edged downward and low marks for the U.S. criminal justice system persisted. The program will explore these trends with a particular focus on implications for the criminal justice system.

America’s Criminal Justice System: Essential for the Rule of Law
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Division for Public Education and the World Justice Project

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.

2018 ABA Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Chicago,
Plaza Ballroom, Lobby Level
151 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

In addition to Rosenberg, speakers include Stephen Saltzburg, professor, George Washington Law School; Alejandro Ponce, chief research officer, World Justice Project; Jeremy Travis, executive vice president of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Jo-Ann Wallace, president and CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association; and Angel Ysaguirre, executive director, Illinois Humanities.

The program will feature an interactive presentation of the WJP Rule of Law Index. Panelists will be prompted by data from the Rule of Law Index to discuss crucial issues at the intersection of rule of law and criminal justice in America, including trust, fairness, corrections, due process, and police accountability.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Robert Robinson at 202-662-1097 or Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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