Criminal Justice Section  


Criminal Justice Magazine
Fall 2001
Volume 16, Issue 3

Section News

Chicago Annual Meeting

The Criminal Justice Section conducted a number of important sessions at the ABA’s Annual Meeting held August 2–8 in Chicago. The Section sponsored eight CLE programs, including: white collar issues in employment law; perspectives on cybercrime; financial crimes of the new millennium; corporate compliance programs; crimes against the elderly; persuading the jury in the 21st century; and the execution of children; plus the annual survey of Supreme Court decisions.

The Section Council met on Saturday and Sunday to approve the resolution from the Corrections and Sentencing Committee concerning meaningful work for inmates and the final reading of the Pretrial Release Standards. Both resolutions will be included on the House of Delegates calendar for the February 2002 Mid-year Meeting. The Council also approved a motion that the Criminal Justice Section cosponsor the "Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System," which was developed by the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.

The Council agreed that an information task force regarding "gate-keepers," the responsibilities of lawyers for reporting suspicious activity that may be related to money laundering, should be formed to present a forum at the Council’s November 17–18 meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. ABA Criminal Justice Section representatives have been participating in a series of meetings with U.S. Department of Justice and Treasury Department officials to discuss the role of lawyers and other professionals, such as accountants and auditors, in detecting and deterring money laundering.

In addition, the Council approved terminating the Forfeiture, Other Civil Remedies and RICO Committee and merging it into the White Collar Crime Committee. The RICO committee has been inactive for a number of years, and the White Collar Crime Committee has an active subcommittee that deals with issues pertaining to forfeiture and RICO.

Join us in Annapolis

The Criminal Justice Section Council and a number of Section committees meet in Annapolis, Maryland, November 16–18 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street. A block of rooms has been reserved at the ABA rate of $169 plus tax. Phone (800) 526–2593 to make reservations. A CLE program on taking the testimony of children will be held on November 16. Other CLE programs will also be offered. For more information, contact Sherrill Fortinberry, the Section staff director for planning and development, at (202) 662–1512.


On November 28–30, the third annual Qui Tam National Institute will be held in Washington, D.C.

On January 10–15, 2002, the Criminal Justice Section will cosponsor the Law Education Institute’s National CLE conference on Criminal Law in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This is a great opportunity for Section members to avail themselves of CLE courses from some of the foremost experts in the country. The schedule of early morning and early evening classes allows attendees free time from 9:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. to enjoy skiing and other winter sports. For more information, contact the Law Education Institute at (800) 926–5895 or visit the website at

Task Force on Child Witnesses

The Section recently formed a task force addressing child witness issues to update the ABA’s 1985 Guidelines for the Fair Treatment of Child Witnesses in Cases Where Child Abuse Is Alleged. Judge Catherine Anderson is the chair.

Amicus Brief

The ABA authorized the filing of an association amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in McCarver v. North Carolina, involving the issue of executing a mentally retarded person. It is slated to be heard in the Court’s 2001–-02 Term. The Section cosponsored the request of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities that authorization be granted for the brief to be filed.


Ralph Martin, last retiring Section chair, has been appointed by ABA President Robert Hirshon to the ABA National Conference of Lawyers and Representatives of the News Media. The group consists of eight ABA representatives who meet regularly with representatives of eight national media organizations. The purpose of the conference is to foster better understanding of issues of mutual concern and to open a dialogue on issues before the media and the bar.

Bruce Lyons, 1999–2000 Section chair, was appointed as the Section’s liaison to the ABA president’s newly created ABA Commission on Loan Repayment and Forgiveness. The commission has 10 members. As Section chair, Lyons initiated efforts to have Congress expand federal educational loan forgiveness provisions for lawyers who enter public service and prosecutors or public defenders.

Michael Th. Johnson, a prosecutor in Concord, New Hampshire, and former Section Delegate to the House of Delegates, has accepted a post at The Hague, the Netherlands, as chief of prosecution of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Kristie Kennedy is staff counsel with the Criminal Justice Section.

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