April 2, 2022Speaking Engagement

Criminal Justice Reform - Penn Law Federalist Society Symposium

The symposium will highlight important topics in the criminal justice system and explore potential pathways for change.

Join us in person on April 2, 2022, at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School for a full day symposium on Criminal Justice Reform. Admission is free. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. There will also be a cocktail reception in the Penn Law courtyard at the close of the event.

Keynote Address: Uttam Dhillon - Chair of the Regulatory Defense, Compliance, and White Collar Practice Group at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. He has served in many high profile roles for the federal government throughout his career, including:

  • 2020 – 2021 – Director of INTERPOL Washington serving as the official U.S. representative to the world’s largest police organization
  • Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (2018-2020)
  • Chief Oversight Counsel for the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee (2013-2017)
  • Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement (2006-2009)
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General (2003-2006)
  • Chief Counsel and Deputy Staff Director for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security (2003)
  • Senior Investigative Counsel for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight (1997-1998)

The symposium will feature three panels and conclude with a keynote address:

Panel 1 - The Role of the Prosecutor:

  • Jennifer Arbittier Williams - U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Lauren Ouziel - Professor of Law at Temple University
  • Charles Stimson - Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
  • Claire Finkelstein - Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania

Panel 2 - Qualified Immunity and Police Reform: Moderated by the Honorable Joshua Wolson

  • Anya Bidwell - Attorney at the Institute for Justice
  • John Malcolm - Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
  • Jay Schweikert - Research Fellow at the Cato Institute
  • Aaron Nielson - Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis

Panel 3 - The Plea Bargain System: Moderated by the Honorable Stephanos Bibas

  • Clark Neily - Senior Vice President for Legal Studies at the Cato Institute
  • Lucian Dervan - Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Justice Studies at Belmont University College of Law
  • Sandra Mayson - Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Paul Heaton - Senior Fellow and Academic Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

Programming will run from 10:00AM to 5:30 PM, with registration and a light breakfast starting at 9:30 AM.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Time (Central):
9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Penn Law | Philadelphia, PA

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