Thursday, April 11, 2013
The AALS Mid-Year Conference on Criminal Justice will be held in San Diego on June 10-12, 2013. Website for the conference is here. In part:
Many of the controversies in criminal justice are longstanding: the proper use of the criminal sanction, the dilemmas of regulating law enforcement in a democratic society, the purposes and justifications of punishment. Other controversies, at least on the surface, seem more recent: for example, the growing interplay between criminal law and family law as reflected by criminal law’s increasing presence in the home; or the use of technology as a tool of law enforcement to apprehend criminals, to monitor us all, and quite possibly to make determinations of guilt and innocence. Still yet are other controversies receiving growing attention: when do law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges have too much, or too little, discretion, and is there a way to regulate some decision-making? How can we reform sentencing and punishment to make it more fair and just? How can we benefit from increased dialogue with practitioners? Indeed, what is our role as criminal law and procedure scholars in improving the criminal justice system? Perhaps equally important, what is our role as teachers in improving the criminal justice system?
This multi-day Conference will assemble respected scholars, experts, clinicians, and practitioners to explore these and other issues, and to reflect upon recent criminal justice developments in our quickly changing world. For example, one panel will focus on how changes in technology have prompted questions about the meaning of various criminal procedure protections, and the justness and accuracy of guilt and sentencing determinations. Another panel will explore recent developments in sentencing law, how sentencing holds up to empirical scrutiny, and sentencing’s connection to mass incarceration. All of the scheduled panels share similar goals: to explore both where we’ve been, and where we may be going; to incorporate the insights of other disciplines; and to consider the intersections that exist among us and how those intersections can inform the work ahead. Each panel will be followed by concurrent sessions. The concurrent sessions will include break-out sessions during which attendees can explore in small groups the topics raised by the panels, as well as pedagogy roundtables during which participants will share ideas about effective teaching strategies, and works-in-progress sessions.
Because so much of what we do relates to scholarship and the exchanging of ideas, we decided to offer Works-in-Progress sessions for scholars to present draft papers and receive feedback. These draft papers will be selected from a call for abstracts, and hopefully will prove a great opportunity for junior and senior scholars alike.In addition, the first day of the Conference will have, as an added focus, criminal law and procedure panels designed to encourage more dialogue between scholars, teachers, and practitioners. And of course, the Conference will include a reception and informal social events to give attendees time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.