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The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, is pleased to announce our live symposium for Spring 2021, “Prosecutorial Elections: The New Frontline in Criminal Justice Reform.” This virtual series is aimed at provoking thoughtful and well-rounded discussion surrounding the responsibility of the modern prosecutor in ushering in criminal justice reform and how that responsibility intersects with their role to uphold the law. The panelists, including both academics and practitioners, will explore these questions from a variety of perspectives. A schedule for the symposium can be found below. Closed captioning will be provided for this event.
This event has been approved for CLE credit from the Supreme Court of Ohio. For those seeking CLE credit for attending the symposium, please fill out the form found here in addition to the registration form above.
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10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Introduction
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Prosecutor 2.0—How has the job changed since the emergence of the “progressive prosecution” movement and what impact has this had on campaigns?
- Moderated by:
- Ric Simmons, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Maybell Romero, Associate Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law
- Ronald Wright, Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs and Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest University School of Law
- Carissa Byrne Hessick, Anne Shea Ransdell and William Garland “Buck” Ransdell, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law
- Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution
- Jeff Yates, attorney and professor of political science at Binghamton University
- Nathan Pinnell, 2L at the University of North Carolina School of Law
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch break
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Prosecutorial Biases as a Catalyst for Systemic Racism —The intersect between prosecutorial discretion, prosecutorial ethics, and racial inequity in criminal justice.
- Moderated by:
- Amna Akbar, Associate Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
- Tamara Lawson, Dean and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law
- Roger A. Fairfax, Jr., Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Criminal Law and Policy Initiative at The George Washington University Law School
- Olwyn Conway, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Prosecutorial Discretion and Drug Reform—The role of prosecutors in perpetuating the War on Drugs and the link to mass incarceration.
- Moderated by:
- Douglas A. Berman, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law and Executive Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney
- Kay L. Levine, Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law
- Alex Kreit, Director of the Center for Addiction Law & Policy and Assistant Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
5:00 p.m.: Closing remarks