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PENN LAW SYMPOSIUM Sentencing Law: Rhetoric and Reality

Washington, DC (Oct. 24) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review will host a symposium, “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric and Reality,” at Penn Law School on October 28 and 29. A diverse and distinguished group of speakers will discuss topics such as prison overcrowding, the expansion of criminal law and sentencing, the war on drugs, the future of sentencing guidelines, and more. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Judge Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 
  • Judge Frederic Block, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia
  • Lisa Wayne, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson  Former FBI Director William Sessions
  • Professor Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School, former U.S. District Judge, Massachusetts
  • Professor Douglas Berman, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project
  • Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Margaret Colgate Love, former U.S. Pardon Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

The symposium will take place in the Levy Conference Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, at 2400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. The conference begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 28, and concludes with a reception at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.

The full list of panels and speakers, and registration information, is at the school’s Website at Symposium attendees may receive up to 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit at $10 per credit.

Media are advised to register in advance. E-mail James Tsuei, to register, or if you have questions about this event.

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.