Please join us the mornings of June 16 and 17, 2021, for a groundbreaking symposium on the history and future of the criminal code in Washington, DC.
After four years of research and analysis, the DC Criminal Code Reform Commission (CCRC) issued recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in March that detail a broad range of reforms to District crimes, defenses, and penalties. This symposium will present a series of conversations about the recommendations in advance of their consideration by the Council this autumn.
The symposium will focus on the history of criminal law in the District, the implications of outdated policies and practices on fairness and equity, and highlight how the recommendations fit into the larger criminal justice reform movement.
A prestigious group of practitioners, scholars, advocates, and stakeholders from Washington, DC and beyond will lead us in a series of illuminating conversations that will firmly ground the work of the CCRC in the broader movement for a modernization of the American criminal justice system. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Yale Law School Professor James Forman Jr. will open the symposium and moderate the first of three panels.
Please note, separate registration is required to attend each day; please use the links below:
Panel 1: The Roots of the DC Criminal Code
June 16, 10:30 am-12 pm
• Premal Dharia (Director, Institute to End Mass Incarceration, Harvard Law School)
• James Forman Jr. (J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School)
• Renee Hutchins (Dean and Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law)
• Olinda Moyd (Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney, Howard University School of Law, Clinical Law Center - Reentry Clinic)
• Tyrone Walker (Director of Reentry Services, Georgetown University Prisons and Justice Initiative)
Panel 2: The CCRC Recommendations
June 17, 10:30 am-11:30 am
• Don Braman (Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School)
• Laura Hankins (General Counsel, DC Public Defender Service)
• Richard Schmechel (Executive Director, Criminal Code Reform Commission)
• Elana Suttenberg (Special Counsel for Legislative Affairs, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia)
• Liz Weiser (Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia)
Panel 3: The CCRC Recommendations & Criminal Justice Reform
June 17, 11:35 am-12:35 pm
• Paul Butler (Albert Brick Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center)
• Parisa Dehghani-Tafti (Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County, Virginia)
• Halim Flowers (Artist, Activist, and Ambassador for Represent Justice)
• Marc Schindler (Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute)
• Patrice Sulton (Founder and Executive Director, DC Justice Lab)
We are excited to have you join us for this urgent, critical conversation.