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November 10, 2022

Criminal Justice Section to host 15th Fall Institute, Nov. 17-18, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2022 — The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section will host its 15th Annual Fall Institute, Nov.17-18 in Washington, D.C. The conference theme is “Criminal Justice Next: Solutions to Move Equity and Fairness Forward.”

The United States’ racial reckoning, rising rates of violent crime and the ongoing pandemic continue to apply extreme levels of pressure on an overburdened criminal justice system. Presentations at the Fall Institute will provide solutions to today’s issues that incorporate equity and fairness while not compromising public safety.

15th Annual Fall Institute
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 17-18

The Madison Hotel
1177 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

The conference will kick off on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. EST with a 90-minute town hall meeting on “White Collar Enforcement Priorities in the Upcoming Year.” Speakers will be Emma Burnham, acting chief at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, and Christine Wong, partner at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Moderator will be Nathaniel B. Edmonds, partner at Paul Hastings LLP in Washington.

Cook County (Illinois) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx will deliver the opening address on Friday at 8:45 a.m. EST. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the U.S. Department of Justice will also speak on Friday at the Lunch Break Keynote Awards Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. EST. Mark E. Wojcik, a professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, will receive the Raeder-Taslitz Award, presented to a law professor whose excellence in scholarship, teaching or community service has made a significant contribution to promoting public understanding of criminal justice, justice and fairness in the criminal justice system or best practices on the part of lawyers and judges.

Friday’s programming will feature two plenary sessions followed by breakout sessions to examine the issues. Topics include:

  • Plenary Session: “Extending Justice: Strategies to Increase Inclusion & Reduce Bias”
  • Breakout Session I: Track A — “Public Safety for Tomorrow: The Role of Mental Health Clinicians in Responding to People in Crisis”
  • Breakout Session I: Track B — “Prosecuted Lawyers’ Perspectives in White Collar/Nonviolent Prosecution and Reentry”
  • Breakout Session II: Track A — “From Policy to Practice: The New Diversion Standards and the Ongoing Search for Alternatives for Incarceration”
  • Breakout Session II: Track B — “Breaking the Glass Ceiling in White Collar Crime & Punishment: The Rise of Women Offenders”
  • Plenary Session: “Prosecutor-Initiated Resentencing: A New Tool for Expanding Justice”

Click here for the complete program schedule.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentials and registration, please contact Barbranda Walls at [email protected]. Note: All meeting attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting.

The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.