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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Conference and Competition Announcement: Asian Pacific American Law Faculty


Frank H. Wu, Dean of Wayne State University Law School, is pleased to announce it will host the 12th Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) on April 7-8, 2006. Registration forms and additional information will be forthcoming. Please feel free to contact Ms. Karen Tarnas, Assistant to the Dean ( to be added to the mailing list or for details.

CAPALF is pleased to announce its inaugural legal scholarship competition. All papers on Asian Pacific Americans and the law, broadly construed, are eligible for consideration, provided the author is not a tenured full-time faculty member as of the time of submission (tenure-track full-time faculty are eligible) and the papers have not been published in any hard-copy format; co-authored papers are welcome (no author may be a tenured-full time faculty member). The winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the Conference and publish it in The Wayne Law Review, and s/he will receive an honorarium of $1500 and a travel stipend to the CAPALF conference; a runner-up also may be selected, in the discretion of the judges. Entries will be evaluated by the CAPALF Planning Committee consisting of the following (institutional affiliations shown for identification purposes only): Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Northeastern University School of Law); Elaine Chiu (St. John's University School of Law); Susan Kuo (Northern Illinois University College of Law); Daniel P. Tokaji (Ohio State University Moritz College of Law); and Tseming Yang (Vermont Law School). CAPALF invites submissions by January 27, 2006. Submissions should be sent electronically to Ms. Karen Tarnas, Assistant to the Dean, Wayne State University Law School ( in MS Word-compatible format; all entries will be acknowledged. Manuscripts should contain identifying information (name, title, institutional affiliation if any, address, phone, and email) in a separate document, also in MS-Word compatible format and attached to the same message. There is no minimum or maximum length.

September 21, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Panel at TX: International Law and Capital Punishment

Contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the Justice Center for Public Interest Law, (512) 232-7068

International Law in U.S. Death Penalty Cases:
Discussion of Pending Medellin Litigation in the Texas Courts

Presenters: Sandra Babcock, Director, Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program,
Professor Ernest Young, Amicus brief co-author and Deputy Attorney General for Alabama in Ex parte Ernesto Medellin
Moderator: Professor Jordan Steiker
Date: Wed., Sept.14th
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 (with reception)
Location: Eidman Courtroom. Overflow seating and closed circuit television viewing available.

The International Court of Justice has insisted that a remedy be provided in U.S. courts for the failure to provide non-citizen defendants their consular notification rights under international treaty. The Medellin case is back in the Texas courts to determine whether noncompliance with the treaty requires the reversal of capital cases for non-citizens. Medellin will be argued in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on September 14, 2005, and Ms. Babcock and Professor Young will discuss the litigation and the broader legal issues. MCLAP is a program funded by


to assist Mexican nationals facing capital punishment in the United States.

This event is sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, the Capital Punishment Center, the McCormick Society, the Sheffield Society, and the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.

September 8, 2005 in Capital Punishment, Conferences, International | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Illinois Prof Bruce Smith to Present at W&L

Bsmith On September 9th, Illinois Associate Professor Bruce P. Smith will present "Miranda's Paradoxical Prehistory" at Washington and Lee.  The workshop is sponsored by W&L's Center for Law & History. 

[Mark Godsey]

August 31, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 29, 2005

Presentation: Combatting Bias During the War on Terror

Erlinder1smallwebCrimProf C. Peter Erlinder, William Mitchell College of Law, will headline a presentation on the historic decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the conviction of the Cuban Five. “In the Eye of the Beholder: Combating Bias/Upholding Due Process During the ‘War on Terror’,” will be held Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, at 7 p.m. at William Mitchell College of Law in the Auditorium, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Also speaking at the event is Professor Gary Prevost, St. John’s University.

The “Cuban Five” are admitted agents of the Cuban government who were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and murder by a federal court in Miami in 2001. The “Five” were in Miami gathering information on private, anti-Cuban groups in Florida that had carried out acts of violence in Cuba that were planned and launched from U.S. soil. High ranking U.S. military officers testified that they had not engaged in espionage directed at the U.S. military or other U.S. agencies. [Their convictions became a rallying point throughout the world and have been condemned by U.N. agencies and Human Rights Watch, as well as other human rights organizations.]  [Mark Godsey]

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Maryland Law Hosts Panel on Civil Liberties in Wartime

Marylandlawlogo_1 Marking its fifth commemoration of September 11th, the School of Law will host the panel discussion "Civil Liberties in Wartime", September 7, 2005 at 12:10pm in Room 107. Panelists include:

Mark V. Tushnet, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constititutional Law, Georgetown Law Center

Mark Graber, Professor of Law holding a joint appointment as Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

Michael Greenberger, Law School Professor and Director, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security

Chandra Sriram, Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Professors Tushnet, Graber and Greenberger and contributors to a newly published collection of essays, At War with Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, edited by John Stack and Thomas Baker (Rowman & Littlefield, Inc., 2005). Their essays and this panel will explore issues of executive power, the rule of law, and the balance of rights, liberties and threats in the context of the War on Terrorism and the U.S. invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Overflow seating available in adjoining rooms. Pizza lunch will be served.

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Saturday, August 6, 2005

DePaul to Host Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College

Details.  [Mark Godsey]

August 6, 2005 in Capital Punishment, Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Forensics Conference in Dallas

From a press release:  "Tampa Bay, Fla. - The National Clearinghouse for Science Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law will review forensic evidence resources and provide an update on the Clearinghouse at the International Association for Identification’s 90th International Educational Conference at the Adam’s Mark Hotel and Conference Center, Austin Ballroom 2, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.  Clearinghouse Deputy Director Gregory Hill will lead the program. Hill is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Homicide Investigators Association, and a former Tampa police officer. He has extensive jury trial experience involving forensic evidence cases, including death penalty cases in Florida. He works with the National Forensic Science and Technology Center on developing a DNA Mock Trial for President George W. Bush’s DNA Initiative.  The Clearinghouse encourages scientific, technological and legal communities to share resources in the interest of justice.  “We look forward to providing even more services to the legal, scientific and law enforcement communities,” said Carol Henderson, Clearinghouse director.

Under Henderson’s direction, Stetson’s National Clearinghouse, a program of the National Institute of Justice, was formed in 2003 to advance the use of science and technology in the law. The Clearinghouse provides a comprehensive online database of legal and scientific research and educates lawyers, judges and law enforcement personnel about new developments in forensic technology and forensic evidence handling in the courts.

For more information on additional National Clearinghouse programs, please call (727) 562-7316 or visit them on the Web at

August 2, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 1, 2005

Richmond Will Host Hate Crimes Conference

September 7th.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

CrimProf Kathy Swedlow to Serve on Death Penalty Panel at ABA's Annual Convention

CrimProf Kathy Swedlow of Cooley Law School, who co-directs the Innocence Project of Michigan, will participate in the Death Penalty Panel to take place at the ABA's Annual Convention in Chicago. Noting that 12 of the 75 cases on the Supreme Court's docket involved various capital punishment related issues, the panel, On the Docket 2005: The Death Penalty in the Supreme Court, will analyze these issues and how the Court addressed them.  The panel is a free CLE event.

On: Saturday, August 6
From: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
At: Acapulco, Gold Level, West Tower
Chicago, IL  More details and information about the panelists...
[Mark Godsey]

July 20, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Forum at Fordham Tomorrow

From a press release:  NEW YORK—Fordham University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy will host a forum, “Mandated Reporting of Neglect, In Light of the Nicholson Decision,” on Tuesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St.

The class action lawsuit Nicholson v. Scoppetta challenged the child welfare practices of New York City ’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which children’s and women’s advocates say punished domestic violence victims and their children rather than protecting them. The ACS recently settled the suit by agreeing not to remove children from battered mothers and not to charge that victims of domestic violence are neglectful parents.


TIME:         1 P.M.


                     140 WEST 62ND STREET

                     NEW YORK, N.Y. 10023

Panelists will include: Charles Carson, Esq., general counsel at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; David Lansner, Esq., a partner at Lansner and Kubistchek; Lyn Doris of Women in Need, Inc.; Kenneth Lau of Children FIRST; and George Lewert from the New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Mary Jane Cotter, J.D., M.S.W., will moderate the panel discussion.

For more information about the forum, contact Dorothy Johnson-Laird at (212) 636-6342 or

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

National Crime Victim Conference at Lewis & Clark

June 17 and 18 in Portland.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

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Friday, June 3, 2005

The Law & Society Conference

This week is the annual The Law & Society Conference, held this year in Las Vegas.  Click here to see all the crim-related panels and papers that will be presented this weekend.  [Mark Godsey]

June 3, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Terrorism Expert to Speak At Northwestern

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, one of the world's foremost prosecutors of terrorism, will deliver the keynote speech at Northwestern Law's annual Short Courses program with a presentation entitled “The Rule of Law, and the Prosecution and Defense of Terrorism Cases."  Held concurrently, the 60th Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys and 48th Annual Short Course for Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases will take place July 25 through July 28 at Northwestern University School of Law, 357 E. Chicago Ave. 

Touted for his unrelenting work ethic, Fitzgerald has been prosecuting terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden and Omar Abdel Rahman since the early ‘90s. He has received various Attorney General Awards and has served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois since September 1, 2001.         

Today's criminal lawyers must understand the possibilities and limitations of forensic evidence and technology in criminal investigations. The Short Courses will feature a comprehensive look at recent forensic developments. Experts will present sessions on DNA analysis, forensic pathology, crime scene investigation, gunshot residue and fingerprint analysis, and computer forensics. A roundtable session will address today's emerging issues in the admissibility and reliability of forensic evidence allowing participants and experts a forum for discussion.

Established in 1936, the Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys is the oldest continuing legal education program in the country. The course was founded to enable members of the prosecution bar to learn about scientific crime detection and trial techniques, and to permit an exchange of information and viewpoints. The Short Course for Defense Lawyers was created in 1958 to provide the defense bar with the same opportunities for advanced education and professional interaction.

Tuition for the course is $750. For full program details or to request a program brochure, call (312) 503-8932 or visit  [Mark Godsey]

May 17, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Watch Live Webcast on Clemency and Capital Punishment Today at Noon

Webcast set for Noon EDT tomorrow.

Clemency and the Executive's Power to Spare Life or Let Someone Die Is Lecture Topic (Webcast Live)

"When Illinois Governor George Ryan emptied Illinois' death row in January 2003, his actions put a new face on when and to whom clemency should be accorded. It's a topic that Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat will examine when he presents the Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Friday, April 22."

"In his lecture, “Mercy, Clemency, and Capital Punishment: Two Accounts,” Professor Sarat will discuss two examples of the speech and writing that surround clemency, one by Governor Ryan, the other by former Ohio Governor Michael DiSalle. He will focus on how governors use rhetoric and narrative in coping with the decision to spare a life or let someone die, and how they explain or justify their use of this extraordinary power."

Follow this page for link to webcast.

Source: Press Release dated April 4, 2005  [Mark Godsey, thanks to Joe Hodnicki]

April 22, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sister Helen and Dead Man Walking at Fordham

Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and an outspoken critic of capital punishment, will discuss the human consequences of the death penalty at a special presentation on Saturday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre on the Lincoln Center campus. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

In conjunction with Sister Prejean’s visit, the Fordham University Theatre Department will present several performances of Tim Robbins’ play Dead Man Walkingin Pope Auditorium at 113 W. 60th Street. Show times are 8 p.m., Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23 and Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30. Additional show times are Friday, April 22, at noon and Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets for the production are $12 per person; $8 for faculty, alumni and staff; and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be reserved at (212) 636-6340.

The event is being sponsored by the Fordham Office of Mission and Ministries, the School of Law’s Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, and the Theatre Department.
Tickets for Sister Helen Prejean’s discussion are different from the stage production tickets and must be obtained separately by sending your mailing address to the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023, or by emailing Donations will also be accepted for the Moratorium Campaign, an organized effort to obtain an immediate moratorium on the death penalty.

April 12, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Courts and Military Detainees at W&M

David A. Martin, a professor at the University of Virginia Law School and former General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, will present a lecture titled "Courts and Military Detainees: The Overlooked Virtues of Deferential Review" on Monday, April 18, at the William & Mary Law School.

Martin will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Room 119 at the Law School on South Henry Street. The lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the new Human Rights and National Security Law Program.

In his talk, Martin will propose a regime that would allow courts to give individualized consideration to challenges to detention at U.S. military bases. Under his proposal, which fills gaps left by the Supreme Court after its decision in Rasul v. Bush, courts would apply a deferential standard of review that would still provide a genuine check against executive overreaching.

In the Rasul case, the Supreme Court held that federal courts have jurisdiction over habeas corpus petitions filed by detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo, but was silent on what rights detainees can claim, the standards and procedures that will apply to such petitions, and whether habeas jurisdiction also covers U.S. detainees at other foreign locations. Martin’s proposal attempts to leave room for a future Court holding applying habeas at other military sites while still assuring military effectiveness in the war on terror.  [Mark Godsey]

April 7, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, March 18, 2005

Conference on Homeland and International Security

American University Law School will host a conference on Emerging Issues in National and International Security on Monday, March 21st.  Impressive list of speakers including CrimProfs.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Conference at Cardozo: The Nuremberg Trials, A Reappraisal and their Legacy

March 27-29, 2005.  Information here. [Jack Chin]

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

W&M To Host Conference on Booker and White Collar Sentencing

At William & Mary Law School on March 25th.  Speakers of the conference include James E. Felman, co-chair of Practitioners' Advisory Group, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2000-2004; Frank O. Bowman, the M. Dale Palmer Professor of Law at Indiana University – Indianapolis and reporter for the ABA “Justice Kennedy Commission” on sentencing; and Stephanos Bibas, Associate Professor of Law University of Iowa College of Law.  Details here.  [Mark Godsey]

March 16, 2005 in Conferences | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Conference: Caught in the Net: The Impact of Drug Policies on Women and Families

March 17, 2005, at NYU Law.  Info here. [Jack Chin]

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