Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Here's some background on the University of Houston Law Center's Criminal Justice Institute:
In order to enhance the strengths of the UH Law Center's criminal justice program, the faculty created the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) in the spring of 2003. CJI's goal is to create the best program of its kind in the nation by promoting scholarship, engaging in research, and offering legal training. At the moment, CJI is organizing a symposium to be held at the UH in November of 2005. The symposium is organized in conjunction with the Houston Law Review and will address the Federal Sentencing Guidelines after Booker. Authors will include Nancy King, Frank Bowman, Doug Berman, and Ron Wright. Also participating as commentators are Marc Miller and Kevin Reitz, as well as representatives of the federal bench and bar.
Established programs encompassed within CJI are: The Texas Innocence Network, the Southwest Regional Juvenile Defender Center , the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Death Penalty Training Program, Clinical Programs such as the Criminal Defense Clinic, Juvenile Defense Clinic, and Criminal Prosecution Clinic, as well as a Criminal Trial Advocacy Program. In addition, CJI administers a J.D./Ph.D. in Criminology dual degree program in affiliation with Sam Houston State University. CJI also draws on the expertise of a Board of Advisors which includes representatives from every sector of the criminal justice legal community, including federal and state judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. In collaboration with our advisory board, CJI now participates in organizing CLE programs for criminal practitioners, conferences and symposia, and a lecture series.