Second Chances Symposium

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Add to Calendar 2022-02-17 12:45:00 2022-02-18 15:15:00 Second Chances Symposium Event details: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/events/second-chances-symposium - University of Chicago Law School web@law.uchicago.edu America/Chicago public
Online-Only Law School Event
1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the public

Please join the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and the Illinois Prison Project for a symposium that will explore and discuss second chances in the federal and state criminal legal systems. The symposium will focus on clemency, compassionate release, and other post-conviction “second looks” that allow judges, politicians, parole boards, and others to reconsider sentences after imposition. Expanding second chances is vital to reducing mass incarceration. Too many people are serving long prison terms that do not make us safer. This symposium will bring together lawyers, advocates, academics, and formerly incarcerated individuals who will share their knowledge and perspectives on clemency, compassionate release, and other “second look” mechanisms. 

MCLE credit available

Questions? Email Office of Events at lawevents@law.uchicago.edu

All times CST

  • Thursday, February 17, 2022
    • Welcome & Overview
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        • Alison Siegler, Clinical Professor of Law & Founding Director, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        • Erica Zunkel, Clinical Professor of Law & Associate Director, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        • Jennifer Soble, Founder & Executive Director, Illinois Prison Project
    • Medical Compassionate Release: What’s Working and What’s Not
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        • Moderator: Alison Siegler, Clinical Professor of Law & Founding Director, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        • Panelists
          • Dr. Rachael Bedard, MD, Former Director of the Geriatrics and Complex Care Service for the New York City Jail System & Research Fellow at the Institute to End Mass Incarceration
          • Alison Guernsey, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director, Federal Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Iowa School of Law
          • Vida Johnson, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
          • Mira De Jong, Staff Attorney, Illinois Prison Project
          • Amy Kimpel, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Instruction and Director, Criminal Defense Clinic, University of Alabama Law School
    • “Second Looks”: Resentencing as a Tool to Address Excessive Sentences in the Federal and State Systems
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        • Moderator: Erica Zunkel, Clinical Professor of Law & Associate Director, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        • Panelists
          • Arienne Jones, Senior Policy Advisor, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
          • Santia Nance, Co-Founder, Sistas in Prison Reform, Virginia
          • Mary Price, General Counsel, FAMM, Washington, DC
          • James Zeigler, Executive Director & Founder, Second Look Project, Washington, DC
    • Justice, Redemption, and Second Chances: A Conversation with Yaacov Delaney and Renaldo Hudson
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        • Moderator: Orlando Mayorga, McCormick Reentry Policy Coordinator Fellow of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative (JEO) Initiative at Illinois Lt. Governor’s Office
        • Yaacov Delaney, Director of Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative at Illinois Lt. Governor’s Office
        • Renaldo Hudson, Director of Education at the Illinois Prison Project
  • Friday, February 18, 2022
    • State and Federal Clemency: Past, Present, and Future
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        • Moderator: Judith Miller, Clinical Professor of Law, Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
        • Panelists
          • Mark Osler, Professor and Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law
          • Shanna Rifkin, Legal Counsel, FAMM, Chicago, IL
          • Michael Romano, Director, Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School
    • Fighting for and Winning Federal Clemency and Compassionate Release: A Conversation Among Practitioners
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        • Moderator: Larry Kupers, Former Federal Pardon Attorney, Washington, DC
        • Panelists
          • Len Goodman, Criminal Defense Attorney, Chicago, IL
          • Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
          • JaneAnne Murray, Professor of Practice & Director of Clemency Project, University of Minnesota Law School
          • Huma Rashid, Criminal Defense Attorney, Chicago, IL
    • State of the States on Clemency: A Conversation Among Practitioners
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        • Moderator: Jennifer Soble, Founder & Executive Director, Illinois Prison Project
        • Panelists
          • Steven Drizin, William M. Trumbull Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
          • Ben Finholt, Director, Just Sentencing Project, Duke Law
          • David Singleton, Executive Director, The Ohio Justice & Policy Center
          • Steve Zeidman, Professor & Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law
    • First Person Perspectives: The Experience of Receiving a Second Chance
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        • Moderator: Leslie Mayfield, Second Chances Advocate, Zion, IL
        • Panelists
          • Joshua Boyer, Second Chances Advocate, Hopwood & Singhal, Washington, DC
          • Tewkunzi Green, Second Chances Advocate, Illinois Prison Project, Chicago, IL
          • Anthony Jones, Second Chances Advocate, Illinois Prison Project, Chicago, IL
          • Dwayne White, Second Chances Advocate, Zion, IL