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Criminal Justice Magazine
Spring 2004
Volume 19 Number 1

Section News

Patrice McFarlane

Patrice McFarlane is staff counsel to the Criminal Justice Section.

San Antonio Site of Midyear Meeting 2004

The Criminal Justice Section's Executive Committee met at the American Bar Association's Midyear Meeting on Feb. 7, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact Section Director Tom Smith at (202) 662-1510.

The ABA House of Delegates held its meeting Feb. 9-10. The House of Delegates considered a number of resolutions sponsored or cosponsored by the Criminal Justice Section. Of these, Report No.8A (videotaping police interrogations) and Report No. 103A (universal criminal jurisdiction) were approved. Report No.116 (persons with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems) and Report No. 110 (supporting mandatory CLE diversity training) were revised and approved. Finally, Report No. 105 (retention of United States government enforcement jurisdiction over immigration matters) was amended and approved.

For more information on these reports, contact Tom Smith at (202) 662-1510.

Join us in Atlanta

The 2004 ABA Annual Meeting will be held Aug. 5-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Criminal Justice Section will be headquartered in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and most of the Section's activities will take place Aug. 6-8. A variety of accredited CLE programs and committee meetings will be held throughout the weekend. All members are invited to attend and encouraged to register now at or call (800) 285-2111 to receive a registration form.

Transnational Criminality

The ABA Criminal Justice Section is a cosponsor of the annual Transnational Criminality Seminar, which is organized by the International Bar Association. The program will be held June 10-13, 2004, in Dublin, Ireland. Those interested in attending the conference should contact Sandra Brown at the Section office at (202) 662-1520 for more details.

Juvenile Death Penalty Amicus Brief

At its February meeting, the Criminal Justice Section's Executive Committee gave the approval for the Section to request that the ABA file an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Roper v. Simmons (No. 03-633). The Court granted certiorari to a petition from the attorney general of Missouri in order to reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty for those whose capital offenses were committed while they were 16 or 17 years of age. Since 1983, the ABA has been on record as opposing the death penalty for those who committed crimes while under the age of 18.

Juvenile Justice Center

The Criminal Justice Section's Juvenile Justice Center is now accepting nominations for the 19th Annual Livingston Hall Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice. The award was established to recognize lawyers practicing in the juvenile delinquency field who have demonstrated a high degree of skill, commitment, and professionalism in representing their young clients.

Nominations are due April 16, 2004, to the ABA Criminal Justice Section Juvenile Justice Center. The Center can be reached at (202) 662-1506.

The Juvenile Justice Committee is hosting its spring committee meeting in New Orleans on April 3. The committee is cosponsoring a CLE program with the New Orleans Bar Association on Friday, April 2. The CLE program will be held at the Entergy Corporation Building from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and will address "Evaluating Youth Competence in the Justice System." The committee will also host a brief reception after the CLE program from 4:30 to 5:30. Please contact the Juvenile Justice Center at (202) 662-1506 for more information.


Margaret Love, a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council and chair of the Section's Corrections and Sentencing Committee, has been awarded a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship to conduct research on state and federal mechanisms for restoration of rights after convictions; analyze the effectiveness of these mechanisms; and lay the groundwork for a national reform effort to eliminate legal barriers to prisoner reentry and reintegration.

New on the Bookshelf

The Criminal Justice Section recently published Asset Forfeiture: Practice and Procedure in State and Federal Courts. The cost is $70.95 for Section members and $94.95 for others. To order, call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 and ask for product code 5090094.


For information on the Section-sponsored continuing legal education programs, check the calendar on the section's Web site at

Staff Changes

Angela Muse has temporarily joined the Section's Juvenile Justice Center as project assistant. She replaces Maura McManmon.

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