Spring 2016: The Status of Antidiscrimination Law and Litigation in the United States

Please check back soon or contact our Executive Symposium Editor for more information regarding our Spring 2016 Symposium.

Spring 2015: Federal Sentencing Reform


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Video from the Federal Sentencing Reform Symposium

Thirty years after Congress enacted the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, and ten years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Booker, many questions remain about our federal sentencing system: how it operates; where it is headed; and the impact it has on the legal community as well as the citizenry as a whole. Hastings Law Journal will host a one-day symposium that will examine these issues through a variety of perspectives, from economists and scholars to practitioners and federal judges.

UC Hastings College of the Law, Louis B. Mayer Lounge


8:30 am – Welcome and Introductions
• Dean Frank H. Wu (Chancellor & Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Emily Goldberg Knox (Editor-in-Chief, Hastings Law Journal)

• Kyla Kessler Rowe (Executive Symposium Editor, Hastings Law Journal)

8:45 am – Opening Discussion
• Steven Kalar (Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California)

• Barbara Valliere (Appellate Division Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California)

9:30 am – Panel 1: The Economics of Sentencing Reform
• Moderated by Professor Hadar Aviram (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Professor John Pfaff (Fordham Law School)

• Mary Price (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)

• Vikrant P. Reddy (Texas Public Policy Foundation)

11:00 am – Panel 2: Sentencing Reform & the End of the Drug War
• Moderated by Professor Aaron Rappaport (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Professor Douglas A. Berman (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)

• Steven Cook (National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys)

• Geoffrey Hansen (Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California)

• Allen Hopper (American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California)

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Keynote Address
• Judge Charles R. Breyer (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

2:00 pm – Panel 3: White Collar Crime Sentencing
• Moderated by Jonathan Schmidt (Ropes & Gray LLP)

• Nanci Clarence (Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP)

• Joshua Hill (Sidley Austin LLP)

• Jessica Nall (Farella Braun + Martel)

• Douglas Sprague (Covington & Burling)

3:30 pm – Panel 4: The Judicial Perspective
• Moderated by Professor Rory Little (University of California Hastings College of the Law)

• Judge Edward M. Chen (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

• Judge Beth L. Freeman (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

• Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. (U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.))

• Judge Jeffrey S. White (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))

5:00 pm – Closing Remarks
• Michael Santos (Formerly Incarcerated for 26 years)

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