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AALS Conference on Criminal Justice

Conference on Criminal Justice

(including One-Day Joint Program of the AALS Section on Criminal Justice and ABA Section on Criminal Justice for Legal Educators, Judges, Practitioners, and Prosecutors)

June 9-12, 2013

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel

San Diego, California



The AALS Conference on Criminal Justice is part of the 2013 AALS Midyear Meeting.  The other program to be held concurrently for 2 days of the 3-day conference is the AALS Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property.

Why Attend?

Many of the controversies in criminal justice are longstanding: the proper use of the criminal sanction, the dilemmas of regulating law enforcement in a democratic society, the purposes and justifications of punishment. Other controversies, at least on the surface, seem more recent: for example, the growing interplay between criminal law and family law as reflected by criminal law’s increasing presence in the home; or the use of technology as a tool of law enforcement to apprehend criminals, to monitor us all, and quite possibly to make determinations of guilt and innocence.  Still, there are other controversies receiving growing attention: when do law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges have too much, or too little, discretion, and is there a way to regulate some decision-making?  How can we reform sentencing and punishment to make it more fair and just? How can we benefit from increased dialogue with practitioners?  Indeed, what is our role as criminal law and procedure scholars in improving the criminal justice system? Perhaps equally important, what is our role as teachers in improving the criminal justice system?

This three-day Conference will assemble respected scholars, experts, clinicians, and practitioners to explore these and other issues, and to reflect upon recent criminal justice developments in our quickly changing world.  For example, one panel will focus on how changes in technology have prompted questions about the meaning of various criminal procedure protections, and the justness and accuracy of guilt and sentencing determinations.  Another panel will explore recent developments in sentencing law, how sentencing holds up to empirical scrutiny, and sentencing’s connection to mass incarceration.  All of the scheduled panels share similar goals:  to explore both where we have been, and where we may be going; to incorporate the insights of other disciplines; and to consider the intersections that exist among us and how those intersections can inform the work ahead.  Each panel will be followed by concurrent sessions.  The concurrent sessions will include break-out sessions during which attendees can explore in small groups the topics raised by the panels, as well as pedagogy roundtables during which participants will share ideas about effective teaching strategies, and works-in-progress sessions.

Because so much of what we do relates to scholarship and the exchanging of ideas, we decided to offer Works-in-Progress sessions for scholars to present draft papers and receive feedback. These draft papers have been selected from a call for abstracts, and will prove a great opportunity for junior and senior scholars alike.

In addition, the first day of the Conference will have, as an added focus, criminal law and procedure panels designed to encourage more dialogue between scholars, teachers, and practitioners.  And of course, the Conference will include a reception and informal social events to give attendees time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Please join us!


Planning Committee for Joint One-Day Program of the AALS Section on Criminal Justice and the ABA Section on Criminal Justice

  • I. Bennett Capers, Brooklyn Law School, Chair
  • Nita Farahany, Duke University School of Law
  • Andrew G. Ferguson, University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Jonathan Rosen, Esq., Polsinelli Shughart PC, Washington, D.C.


Planning Committee for the AALS Conference on Criminal Justice

  • I. Bennett Capers, Brooklyn Law School, Chair
  • Lisa Kern Griffin, Duke University School of Law
  • Cynthia Lee, The George Washington University Law School
  • Ryan W. Scott, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University Law School


Who Should Attend?

The Conference will also be of interest to teachers and AALS Section members in the following subjects: Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family and Juvenile Law, Minority Groups, Professional Responsibility, and Women in Legal Education


The Conference will open with registration at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 for the AALS Conference on Criminal Justice for Legal Educators, Judges, Practitioners, and Prosecutors.  The Conference begins with the one-day program of the Joint AALS Section and ABA Section on Criminal Justice and continues on Tuesday, June 11, with two full days of plenary sessions and concurrent sessions.  The conference will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.   In addition to the program sessions, there will be luncheons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and receptions on Monday and Tuesday evenings.


The Midyear Meeting will be held at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel in San Diego, California. The room rate is $199 for single or double occupancy; subject to 2013 established sales tax; currently tax in 2013 is 12.63%.

To make reservations, attendees will first register for the Conference.  After completing the meeting registration process, you will receive a confirmation email from AALS with instructions for booking a hotel reservation at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel.  This hotel reservation process is designed to ensure that AALS group rate rooms are reserved by those that support the Mid Year Meeting.

The cut-off date for making a room reservation is June 17, 2013 so register for the Conference early so you can also make your reservation early! Making a reservation prior to the cut-off date does not guarantee availability of the AALS rate.  To ensure accommodations, please register early so you can make your hotel reservation.

How Do I Register? 

You can register for the Conference by one of the methods below. If you cannot register online, this may indicate that you are not in the AALS database. Before you register by any method, contact your law school dean’s office to have you added to the AALS Law School roster with your position, whether it is tenure, tenure track, contract, visiting, adjunct, or fellow at the law school.

Register Online: 

Go to You can pay the registration fee online by using American Express, Visa or MasterCard.  Once you have been added to your law school’s roster, you can register on-line.    If you need assistance, contact

Fax or Mail the Registration Form: 

Complete the Registration Form and send it with payment of the registration fee to AALS. AALS accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or checks (made payable to AALS) for payment of the registration fee. If you are paying with American Express, Visa or MasterCard, you may fax the form to AALS at (202) 872-1829. If you are paying by check, please mail the form and check directly to 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-2605.

Please note that payment is necessary for admission to the Conference. A confirmation for your paid registration will be e-mailed. If you have not received a confirmation e-mail, call AALS Registration at (202) 296-2355 or e-mail to verify your registration.

The registration fees for faculty at AALS member and fee-paid law schools are: $535 Early Bird Registration, $585 After Early Bird Date.  Register by using the registration form at the back of this brochure.  You may also register online or download the registration form.

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