Thursday, April 19, 2012

University of St. Thomas, Spring Symposium, Friday, April 20, 2012

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA:
SENTENCE COMMUTAIONS AND THE EXECUTIVE PARDON POWER

8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast: Schulze Grand Atrium
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Marc Spooner, Editor-in-Chief, St. Thomas Law Journal

8:45 a.m. The Executive Pardon Power: Past and Present

P.S. Ruckman Jr., PardonPower.com and Rock Valley College
The Study of Mercy: What Political Scientists Know (and Don’t Know) About the Pardon Power

Jeffrey Crouch, American University
The President's Power to Commute: Is it Still Relevant?

David Zlotnick, Roger Williams University School of Law
Navigating the Eye of the Needle: Federal Commutations in the Post-Willie Horton/Marc Rich Era

Cecelia Klingele, University of Wisconsin School of Law
Constraining Mercy

Margaret Colgate Love, PardonLaw.com and Private Practice
Pardon Politics and Process: What the Feds Can Learn from the States

11:00 a.m. Keynote Address

Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Former Governor and Congressman of Maryland
Pardons and Commutations: Observations from the Front Lines

12:00 p.m. Reflection time, a tradition at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Please take this time to rest, reflect, pray, or attend Mass at the School of Law chapel.

12:30 Hot Topics, Cool Talks, cosponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute

Judge Richard Sullivan
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Marc DeGirolami
St. John’s University School of Law

1:45 p.m. Imagining Strategic Clemency

Dafna Linzer, ProPublica.org
Race Disparity in Pardons

Doug Berman, The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Imagining Strategic Litigation Claims To Assail Troublesome Clemency Processes and Outcomes

Steve Chanenson, Villanova Law School
Should the Past Be Prologue?

Dan Kobil, Capital University School of Law
Compelled Mercy: Judicial Review and the Clemency Power

3:45 p.m. One Commutation: Three Perspectives

Judge David S. Doty, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Judge Denise D. Reilly, Minnesota District Court, and Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the State of Minnesota

Serena Nunn, Recipient of a Sentence Commutation

5:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks

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