Essential symposium on criminal sentencing reform & the death penalty in PA & beyond

As the Faculty Advisor of the Widener Law Journal, it gives me great pleasure to announce the following Symposium:

2015 Widener Law Journal Symposium

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Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Widener University School of Law-Harrisburg Administrative Building , Room A180 3737 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17106

The Widener Law Journal (WLJ) will host its annual symposium on April 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and hashtag #WLJSymposium. This year’s symposium topic is Halt & Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform. The focus at the local and national level will be on the administrative, constitutional and policy considerations in criminal sentencing guidelines, the 8th Amendment and capital punishment. The latter topic is particularly timely and relevant in Pennsylvania given Governor Wolf’s recent decision to halt executions in Pennsylvania and the reaction among District Attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to challenge the decision. The afternoon will begin with Opening Remarks and a presentation by members of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission to set the tone for the Symposium. It will be followed by two panel discussions: Panel One-Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform and Panel Two: Capital Punishment and Related Issues. We have invited members of the academic, public and private spheres to present and attend and promise to have a lively, engaging, and informative discussion that approaches the topic from various points of view. Click here for a current list of Widener Law Journal Symposium panelists and special guests.

4 CLE credits will be offered and registration is now open.