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The Taslitz Galaxy: A Gathering of Scholars at Howard


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Taslitz Public Interest Scholarship Fund

In Honor of Andrew Taslitz (1956-2014),
Teacher, Mentor & Mensch

During the 23 years that Professor Andrew E. Taslitz taught at Howard University School of Law, he encouraged dozens of students to become prosecutors and defense attorneys. As a former prosecutor himself, he tried to instill the importance of this field to all his students in his teaching, even those who never imagined themselves in a courtroom. Taz was also a champion of experiential learning. This fellowship combines experiential learning with the field that he loved.

Your contribution will support Howard Law students who are offered unpaid internships at prosecution and defender offices during the summer following their first or second years of law school. Students apply for these summer grants and are screened. The grant makes it possible for them to pay rent and buy food so they can focus on their work.

This scholarship fits squarely within Howard Law’s mission, promoting justice and allowing our students develops the skills necessary to succeed in today’s legal industry and become tomorrow’s leaders. Thank you for helping us to continue Professor Taslitz’ legacy.

To give, click on this button. You will be asked to select a gift designation from a drop-down menu (right after Participation Level). Choose “Andrew E. Taslitz Public Interest Scholarship Fund.”

This is a one-day conference in honor of Andrew Taslitz (Nov. 8, 1956 - Feb. 9, 2014), a prolific scholar, who wrote in an extraordinary range of subjects and who touched many academics from many law schools. Panelists will speak on a variety of subjects that connect with Taz’ articles, books, teaching and passion for law reform. There will be panels on mistaken identification and innocence, criminal procedure, evidence, morality and ethics, empathy, neuroscience and religion. Other panels will consider his teaching and his influence in the legal community.


When: Friday, September 19, 2014, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Where: Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington DC 20008

9 to 9:30

9:30 to 9:45
Welcome –Co-chairs Josephine Ross, Lenese Herbert, Ellen Podgor; Dean, Holley-Walker Howard Law School

9:45 -11:00 Panels 1A & B

Panel 1A

Taz & Cognitive Bias, Empathy, Neuroscience & Religion
Moderator - Lisa Crooms- Robinson
Speakers - Susan Bandes, Debby Denno, Joe Kennedy, Wayne Logan, Scott Sundby

Panel 1B

Taz & Morality and Ethics
Moderator - Cynthia Lee
Speakers - Darryl Brown, Bruce Green, Jane Campbell Moriarty, Melanie Wilson, Ellen Yaroshefsky

11:00 – 11:15 Break | ** Sponsored by Carolina Academic Press **

11:15- 12:30- Panels 2A & B

Panel 2A

Taz and Evidence
Moderator – Adam Kurland
Speakers - Maria Blaeuer , John Capowski, Michele Gilman, Aviva Orenstein, Paul Rothstein

Panel 2 B

Recurring Taz Themes
Moderator – Judy Scully
Speakers - Frank Rudy Cooper, Robert Mosteller, Roger Park, Song Richardson, Michael Risinger

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch – Toast to Taz ** Sponsored by West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press **

1:30 – 2:45 – Afternoon Panels 3A, B, C

Panel 3A – Panel 3A

Taz and the Many Planets of Criminal Procedure
Moderator - Jenny Roberts
Speakers - Valena Beety, Robert Bloom, David Harris, Cynthia Jones, Sandra Guerra Thompson

Panel 3B

Taz and Criminal Justice Policy
Moderator - Angela Davis
Speakers - Stephen Henderson, Paul Marcus, Eric Miller, Ann Traum, Stephen Saltzburg, Chris Slobogin

Panel 3C

Panel -Tao of Taz
Moderator – Homer LaRue
Speakers - Joel Braithwaithe, Arnold Loewy, Tamar Meekins, Nareissa Smith

2:45 -3:00 Break ** Sponsored by LexisNexis **

3:00 – 4:15 –The Multi-Faceted Dimensions of Taz
Moderator - Lenese Herbert
Speakers - Okianer C. Dark, Sharon Davies, Atiba Ellis, Andrew Ferguson, Rory Little, Carol Steiker

4:15 -4:30 Closing Remarks
Ellen S. Podgor, Lenese Herbert, Josephine Ross


There is a conference rate at the Fairfax Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle. The rate is $169/night plus 14.5% tax (for 2 people with charge of $30 for each additional occupant). You must book by August 19, 2014 to get that rate.

To book online, copy and paste the following link into a web browser

Fairfax Embassy Row Hotel,
2100 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

(202) 293-2100 (If you call, reservations are held under “Taslitz Conference at Howard Law”)


This is a pay-your-own way gathering at 7pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at an inexpensive Greek restaurant in Dupont Circle, a few blocks from the hotel. To reserve a spot, RSVP by August 28, 2014 to Ellen Podgor

Zorba’s Café,
1612 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (seating will be upstairs)(2/10ths mile from hotel)


Take the metro red line at Dupont Circle (a 3 block walk from the hotel) north 3 stops to Van Ness station. Exit on the northbound side of the street. It is a 3-block walk to the law school from there. (Walk north one block to Van Ness Street and take a left. Walk to the end of Van Ness Street and go through the front entrance.)

This will soon be posted on the Howard Law website for easy reference.

Looking forward to seeing you all -
The co-chairs
Josephine Ross
& Lenese Herbert
& Ellen Podgor

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updated: August 29, 2014