Tuesday, April 10, 2012

University of St. Thomas, Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium: "Sentence Commutations and the Executive Pardon Power" - Register Now

Date: Friday, April 20, 2012 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the University of St. Thomas

Confirmed Participants:
— P.S. Ruckman (PardonPower.com)
— Jeffrey Crouch (American University)
— David M. Zlotnick (Roger Williams University School of Law)
— Cecelia Klingele (Univ. of Wisc. School of Law)
— Gov. Robert Ehrlich (Former governor of Maryland)
— Judge Richard Sullivan (U.S. District Court for Southern District of NY)
— Doug Berman (The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law)
— Steve Chanenson (Villanova)
— Nancy Gertner (Harvard)
— Margaret Colgate Love (Private Practice)
— Judge Doty (U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota)
— Serena Nunn (Recipient of sentence commutation)
— Denise D. Reilly (Minnesota State District Court Judge)
— Dafna Linzer (Propublica.org)
— Daniel T. Kobil (Capitol University Law School)

Event Information:

The University of St. Thomas School of Law Journal Spring Symposium will host a group of national scholars and legal professionals to discuss sentence commutations and the executive pardon power on Friday, April 20 beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be former Maryland governor Gov. Robert Ehrlich.The former governor and congressman recently contributed the piece "A Broken System, And Too Few Pardons," to the New York Times, authored the book, Turn This Car Around: The Roadmap to Restoring America. He has also established a pardon-focused law school clinic modeled after St. Thomas' own commutations clinic.

The symposium will feature panels of experts on a range of pardon-related topics and will culminate in the story of Serena Nunn who, at the age of nineteen, received a guidelines-imposed prison sentence of nearly sixteen years for minor participation in a nonviolent drug offense. This final panel, entitled "One Commutation: Three Perspectives," will bring together the defendant, the prosecutor, and the Judge involved in the 1989 conviction of Ms. Nunn. Judge Doty of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, former Hennepin County Prosecutor Denise D. Reilly, and Ms. Nunn—now a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School—will discuss the inspiring story leading up to President Clinton's commutation of the sixteen-year sentence on July 7, 2000, after Ms. Nunn had been incarcerated for more than a decade.

The legal community and others are invited to attend. This event has been approved for 6.25 general CLE credits, and lunch will be provided for participants who pre-register.

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