Federal Sentencing Reform

February 13, 2015

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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

Opening Discussion
• Melinda Haag (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California)
• Steven Kalar (Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California)

Panel 1: The Economics of Sentencing Reform
• Moderated by Professor Hadar Aviram (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
• Vikrant P. Reddy (Texas Public Policy Foundation)
• Mary Price (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)
• Professor John Pfaff (Fordham Law School)

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

Keynote Address
• Judge Charles R. Breyer (U.S. District Court N.D. Cal.)

Panel 3: White Collar Crime Sentencing
• Moderated by Jonathan Schmidt (Ropes & Gray LLP)
• Nanci Clarence (Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP)
• Joshua Hill (Sidley Austin LLP)
• Douglas Sprague (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Chief of Economic Crimes and Securities Fraud Section)

Panel 4: The Judicial Perspective
• Moderated by Professor Rory Little (University of California Hastings College of the Law)
• Judge Jeffrey S. White (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))
• Judge Edward M. Chen (U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.))
• Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. (U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.))

Closing Remarks
• Michael Santos (Formerly Incarcerated for 26 years)