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ARCHIVE - Seventh Annual Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium - October 29, 2010

The seventh annual Wiley A. Branton/Howard Law Journal Symposium is sponsored by the Howard University School of Law, Sidley Austin LLP, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

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In war between nations, “collateral damage” is the name given to the unintended civilian deaths, widowed spouses, orphaned children, wounded civilian military personnel, and others known to suffer from assaults on military targets. In the war on crime, “collateral consequences” is the term broadly used to identify the unintended damage done to families, neighborhoods, communities, economies, and moral values resulting from punishing individual criminals.

The term “collateral consequences” is more commonly used in a narrow sense to mean those penalties automatically imposed by law or social biases on convicted criminals that were never ordered by the sentencing judge as “deserved” punishments. These consequences include loss of voting rights, effective exclusion from the job market, crushed educational opportunities, and a host of other handicaps.

But these individual harms cause the broader social ones. While most writing and discussion on the subject focuses on the narrow meaning of collateral consequences, this symposium fills an important legal and moral gap in the literature, emphasizing the broader social harms and their link to the arguably undeserved wounds society inflicts on individual offenders who have “paid their debt” to that very society.


Friday, October 29, 2010
8:30am to 4:30pm
Howard University School of Law

The keynote address will be delivered by

Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

New York County District Attorney


Other confirmed speakers are:

Gabriel J. (Jack) Chin
Chester H. Smith Professor of Public Administration and Policy
& Co-Director, Program in Criminal Law and Policy
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Catherine Christian
Counsel for Special Projects
Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York

Margaret Colgate Love
Law Office of Margaret Love

Marc Mauer
Executive Director
The Sentencing Project

Dorothy E. Roberts
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law
Northwestern University School of Law

Jenny M. Roberts
Associate Professor of Law
American University, Washington College of Law

J. McGregor Smyth
Managing Attorney, Civil Action Practice and Reentry Net Director
The Bronx Defenders

Anthony C. Thompson
Professor of Clinical Law
New York University School of Law

Yolanda Vazquez
Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer
University of Pennsylvania Law School


2010 Branton Program

Friday, October 29, 2010 | Moot Court Room


8:30 A.M.
LIGHT BREAKFAST


9:00 A.M.
WELCOME

  • Okianer Christian Dark. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor | Howard University School of Law
  • Judge Wiley A. Branton, Jr. | Branton Family Representative
  • Michael Nemeroff | Sidley Austin LLP
  • Marques Johnson & Jack Pitts, Jr. | Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Yaa Aba Acquaah | Editor-in-Chief, Howard Law Journal
  • Melissa M. Crespo | Executive Solicitations & Submissions Editor, Howard Law Journal


9:30 A.M.
OPENING REMARKS -
Professor Andrew E. Taslitz


9:45 A.M.
PANEL 1 - Exclusion - Moderated by Professor Aderson Francois

  • Dorothy Roberts | Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Tony Thompson | Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
  • Yolanda Vazquez | Clinical Supervisor & Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School


11:00 A.M.
BREAK


11:15 A.M.
PANEL 2 - Awareness - Moderated by Professor Josephine Ross

  • Jenny Roberts | Associate Professor of Law, American University- Washington College of Law
  • Catherine Christian | Counsel for Special Projects, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York
  • Jack Chin | Chester H. Smith Professor of Law, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law


12:30 P.M.
LUNCHEON AND AWARD PRESENTATION - The Dining Hall


1:30PM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - CYRUS R. VANCE, JR.


2:15PM
PANEL 3 Lawyering- Moderated by Professor Tamar Meekins

  • Margaret Love
  • Marc Mauer
  • McGregor Smyth


4:00PM
LIGHT RECEPTION - Moot Court Room Foyer


For additional information about the Symposium, please contact Jacqueline Young, at (202) 806-8084, or by email at jyoung@law.howard.edu.










updated: October 27, 2010