Catholic University Law Review
2013 Symposium: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform
On February 15, 2013, the Catholic University Law Review hosted its 2013 Symposium: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform at the Columbus School of Law. The Symposium focused on generating bipartisan support for sustainable reforms to address issues such as prison overcrowding, sentencing reform, decriminalization and diversion, clemency, police practices, and successful re-entry into society.
The Symposium began with a keynote address by former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., whose governorship was distinguished by a special attention to reviewing and granting requests for clemency. At the conclusion of his remarks, Governor Ehrlich announced his selection of the Columbus School of Law as the home of "The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency," which will establish a pardon clinic at the law school as well as serve as a platform for public advocacy and an executive training institute for governors.
Two expert panels followed, including:
- The Honorable Patricia A. Broderick, Associate Judge, Superior Court for the District of Columbia
- Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
- Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
- Andrew G. Ferguson, Assistant Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
- Margaret Colgate Love, U.S. Pardon Attorney (1990-1997)
- Erik Luna, Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law, Washington & Lee School of Law
- Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy, The Sentencing Project
The expert panels were moderated by Columbus School of Law Professors Cara Drinan and Mary Leary. The Law Review wishes to thank all of the 2013 Symposium participants as well as George Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, Daniel Attridge, Dean of the Columbus School of Law, George E. Garvey, Vice Dean of the Columbus School of Law, and the Office of Special Events for their support. The 2013 Symposium was coordinated by the Law Review's Lead Articles Editors, Elyssa Lacson and Alex Harisiadis.
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