The Constitutional Right to Trial: Organizing a National Movement to End the Trial Penalty Agenda

Agenda for NACDL's Presidential Summit, The Constitutional Right to Trial: Organizing a National Movement to End the Trial Penalty, December 8-9 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC.


Wednesday, December 8

9:00 a.m.  – 9:30 a.m.

Check-in and Coffee

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Introductory Remarks by NACDL President Martín Sabelli

  • Opening Remarks on the Trial Penalty; Clark Neily (Cato), Brett Tolman (Right on Crime), Vikrant Reddy (CKI), and Cynthia Roseberry (ACLU)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Panel One on Launching and Sustaining a National Campaign

  • Cornell Brooks, Harvard Kennedy School – Moderator

  • James Esseks, ACLU HIV/LGBT Project

  • Lisa Foster, Fees & Fines Justice Center

  • David Safavian, American Conservative Union

  • Laura Porter, 8th Amendment Project

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  

Lunch, with Video Presentation from Fair Trials

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Panel Two on Launching and Sustaining a National Campaign

  • Norman L. Reimer – Moderator

  • Stu Loeser, Stu Loeser & Co.

  • Michael Steel, Hamilton Place Strategies

  • Gisel Aceves, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

How Advocates, Elected Officials & Philanthropists can Join Together to End the Trial PenaltyHoward S. Jonas, President, Howard S. and Deborah Jonas Foundation

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Solutions Panel

  • Lucian Dervan, Belmont University College of Law; ABA Plea Bargaining Task Force – Moderator

  • Kevin Ring, FAMM

  • Somil Trivedi, ACLU

  • Lars Trautman, Right on Crime

  • Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Action Partnership

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Race and the Trial Penalty Panel

  • Rick Jones, Neighborhood Defender Service – Moderator

  • Cornell Brooks, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Cynthia Roseberry, ACLU

  • Robert Rose, Advocate

​5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Judicial Conversation about Judicial Complicity and the Trial Penalty

  • Vikrant Reddy, Stand Together - Moderator

  • Judge John Gleeson, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. (former) (remote)

  • Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, Superior Courts of Georgia

  • Judge Kevin Sharp, U.S. District Court, M.D. Tenn. (former)


Thursday, December 9

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.



9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

Trial Penalty Research and Report Efforts Panel

  • Nate Pysno, NACDL – Moderator

  • Susan Walsh, Chair of NYSACDL Trial Penalty Task Force

  • Jacquie Goodman, CACJ Trial Penalty Task Force

  • Lucian Dervan, Belmont University College of Law

  • Brandon Garrett, Duke Law

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Media Panel: "Reporting on the Trial Penalty"

  • Martín Sabelli – Moderator

  • Carrie Johnson, NPR (remote)

  • C.J. Ciaramella, Reason

  • Josie Duffy Rice, freelance; former President of The Appeal (remote)

11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Keynote Discussion

  • Andrew Crespo, Premal Dharia, and Brittany White, the Institute to End Mass Incarceration

  • Robert Rose, Advocate

12:45 p.m. –1:45 p.m.    


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Panel on Comparative Legal Systems and the Trial Penalty

  • Rebecca Shaeffer, Fair Trials Americas - Moderator

  • Jenia Turner, SMU (remote)

  • Stephen Andersson, U.S. State Department

  • Laure Baudrihaye-Gérard, Legal Director, Fair Trials (Europe) (remote)

  • Máximo Langer, UCLA School of Law (remote)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

NEXT STEPS: Engaged/Guided Discussion – Opportunity for all to weigh in and participate to inform core groups subsequent preparation of the platform for the movement.

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