Spring 1L Electives: Business in the Law and Juvenile Justice

Please enjoy the second post in the “Spring Electives” series. While the curriculums for 1Ls tend to be predetermined, Loyola is unique because it allows us to select an elective in our second semester. It is a great way for us to start exploring fields of interest. Loyola offers dozens of classes to choose from; click here to check out the list of all the courses and here to see post one.

Hear from some of my classmates as they share their experience in the elective classes. Below Kayley talks about her time in Business in the Law and Ibie shares hers on Juvenile Justice.

Kayley Johnson on Business in the Law

What’s your name? Where are you from?
Kayley Johnson. San Francisco, California

Why did you choose to go to law school?
Law school has always been a goal of mine. Upon graduation, I deliberated about continuing my education or entering the work force. My college internship turned into a job offer and I became a full-time real estate agent, practicing both in Washington and California. Working in such an industry exposed me to many legal aspects of the real world — contracts for real estate purchase, alternative disputes and resolutions options, fiduciary relationships with clients, etc. My working experience provided a better understanding for the legal impact on not just the real estate industry, but also every day life. Additionally, prior to graduating college I had spent a summer in Cambodia studying Children’s Rights Law. This experience and my research sparked an interest and passion in international law and human rights. Both of these experiences bolstered my desire to pursue a career in the legal field.

Where’s your favorite place in Chicago and why?
My favorite place to relax is Lincoln Park. It has been a wonderful experience watching the park transform throughout the seasons. There are many paths to walk, bike, run and also an abundance of grassy areas to lay down and read, or soak up some fresh air.

Kingston Mines, a wonderful low-key bar with live music most nights, has been one of my favorite places in Chicago. Loyola students get in with a discount on certain nights. It is a great place to go relax with some friend and classmates after a hard week, and kick back to listen to some great lives blues bands.

What course did you choose for your elective credit and how many students are in it?
I chose Business in the Law with Professor Kwall with approximately 70 students because I was a business major in college and I was interested in understanding how law applied to the business world.

What are some things you like about it?
It has been very interesting to learn about the different tax implications in various business and personal transactions — examples include what type of business forms a company decides to choose or the tax benefits that can potentially come for the purchase and sale of a home.

The class offered a wide range of topics and guest lectures or speakers. Additionally, we are required to read the Wall Street journal for an hour every day, which is a great way to keep up with current events. 

Ibie Hart on Juvenile Justice

What’s your name? Where are you from?
Ibienebo (eye-bee) for short! I’m British but grew up in the Western Chicago Suburbs.

Why did you choose to go to law school?
I believe that equal access to high quality education is a child’s right and I wanted to gain every tool of knowledge and skill to fight for that right.

Where’s your favorite place in Chicago and why?
I never thought I’d say this, but Rogers Park. After living there for four years in undergrad, anytime I return it feels like home. I love that the neighborhood is infused with multiple different cultures whether it be African, Indian, Mexican, Thai, etc. and with diverse people comes all their foods! I also love that there is a small beach you can go to there that overlooks the entire city and barely has any people. The sense of community in Rogers Park is very strong and that is unique.

What course did you choose for your elective credit and how many students are in it?
I chose Juvenile Justice and there are about 16 students in it. Overall, we focused on the differences between the adult criminal system and the juvenile justice system. Some of the topics include the history of the juvenile justice system, juvenile rights, culpability and juvenile defenses. I love the recognition that children are developmentally different from adults as well as the focus Juvenile Justice has on rehabilitation.

Why did you choose this class?
I’m a child law fellow and interested in all things that have to do with children. I am in criminal law now, so I figured learning the juvenile perspective of criminal law at the same time would be beneficial!

Questions for Amie? Email law-admissions [at] luc [dot] edu with the subject “Ask Amie” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Amie B: International Law

International Law” has become such a big buzzword and as a prospective student I didn’t really know what it meant. Does that mean studying abroad? Learning about the United Nations? Looking at different treaties? Interning in another country?

Because there is no one international body of law that governs the whole world, there is no singular “international law.” Countries will sign treaties that agree to laws that will govern contracts and business deals between the nations. The US Government will have different agreements with counties on how to handle government issues, such as visas, diplomats, and extradition. Further, within a field, there are laws that will govern specific interactions with specific countries. For example, what taxes does an American company who has an office in another country have to pay to the US government and to the hosting country? The answer would change drastically depending on the purpose of the office and hosting country.

A helpful way to think about international law is to name a specialty and think about what it would look like to practice it in the US or abroad: to practice real estate law domestically or internationally or drafting contracts internationally or domestically. If an attorney is drafting a contract between Croatia and the US, he or she would have to make sure it complies with both countries’ contract laws or follows an existing treaty about contracts that both countries have agreed to (and just to clarify, I can provide no insight into Croatian and US contract law).

Last semester, I attended a Career Services Office’s panel on International Law where about a dozen different professionals came to share how they practice their specialization internationally: family law, contracts, labor regulation, and human rights. Each professional spoke for a couple of minutes sharing what they do and afterwards we had time to mix and meet. This clearly is a good opportunity to network, but it showed how many different ways we can work in an international context.

So how does this translate to my experience at Loyola? The Law school offers several ways to study abroad, primarily during the summer.  China is often popular for students who study business and law because the courses explore Chinese business and it happens right in the beginning of the summer, allowing students enough time to do an internship.

Another way to gain experience internationally is through summer internships. For example, I am spending my summer in Dhaka, Bangladesh researching domestic workers labor rights and helping to develop a program that will offer legal services to communities who live in the slums. Professor Diane Geraghty, who teaches my Juvenile Justice course, does a lot of work with children’s rights throughout the world and put me in contact with an attorney who is conducting research. Through my conversations with her, I was able to connect with BLAST, a trust that provides legal services to people who normally don’t have access to the law.

So even though International Law does not really exist, it is possible to pursue our passion on an international scale and there are plenty of opportunities at Loyola to help us do it!

Questions for Amie? Email law-admissions [at] luc [dot] edu with the subject “Ask Amie” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Herman, Intellectual Property Part II

SHermanBioPicHow did I get my current position?
Though I loved my time in Chicago, I knew that the place to be for entertainment business opportunities, particularly in film and television, was Los Angeles. Upon graduation, I studied and passed the California bar and made the official move to LA. Because I had not taken summer employment in California- which, incidentally, I do recommend to anyone who knows where they want to eventually be practicing- it was a challenge to find my first job. I lacked the contacts and network that is increasingly important to any job search. What I discovered was that not every job is found through old-fashioned means of applying to an ad and getting an interview. Rather, I was submitted through a friend to a boutique law firm in Beverly Hills and soon after I got a newly created position. The job was a combination of legal, business development and marketing. The firm itself specialized in entertainment issues but on the litigation side. I was grateful for the opportunity and I learned a lot about entertainment related contracts and real world practice; however, I knew it was not the long-term place for me.

Meanwhile, an actor friend of mine was working on a short film with a production company that was headquartered in Toronto. He knew of my interest in more hands-on production work so he asked if I wanted to help out. I participated as the production lawyer, meaning I was responsible for the talent and crew contracts, guild compliance- particularly the Screen Actor’s Guild (now SAG-AFTRA)- and copyright issues. I suddenly found myself doing exactly what I had set out to do all along. It was an exciting time. I hit it off with the production company, Landed Entertainments (www.landedentertainments.com), and they offered me a full-fledged position.

Since then, we have produced two short films, seven music videos for Japanese pop stars and are poised to go into production on a feature narrative film and a documentary feature this summer. The company now also has a subsidiary office in Los Angeles, which I manage as the General Counsel and Producer. My current responsibilities combine my interests in legal issues, entertainment business and creative pursuits. Some of my duties include contract drafting and negotiation, guild compliance, casting, crew hires, and creating the production schedules and budgets.

In fact, one of the short films was based on a feature length screenplay I co-wrote with my fellow attorney brother called Let’s Rap. After getting great positive feedback, we are now expanding the project and it is the feature film being produced in Toronto this summer. As I am only licensed to practice law in California, for the Canadian contracts I act as the supervisor. Luckily, my brother is an Ontario lawyer so he can handle the official workload.

As a side project, I also wrote a short romance novel which takes place in Chicago over the course of a trial and self-published it on Amazon. Basically, you never know where your legal training will take you!

How did my studies relate to my current job?
Not only did Loyola instill the confidence required to deal with large talent agencies and their lawyers, it also provided the requisite training for all my business related duties for the production company. I know how to read and negotiate a fair contract. I know how to react when that contract isn’t being fulfilled. And particularly with respect to IP, I know what I can and can’t do on a film project. One day I had an actor show up wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat. No one seemed to notice that this was a direct violation of the Yankees’ IP and I had to be the bearer of “you can’t wear that on-screen without clearance” news. You aren’t always the most popular person on a set, but the production lawyer definitely saves the production money and aggravation in the long run. Production law can also be fun as you get to discover what constitutes fair use in a real context, decide how a real-life person may be referred to in a script and find out which companies will grant you the right to showcase their products and logos on-screen. For music lovers, you also get to contract with musicians and publishing houses in order to utilize songs for your soundtrack.

For more information feel free to contact Samantha at Samantha [at] landedentertainments[dot] com

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Civitas ChildLaw Center Newsletter| April 2014

The ChildLaw Center publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming events, internship and career opportunities, and faculty, staff and student news. Click here for more information.


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Spring 1L Electives: Domestic Violence and Law and Poverty

While the curriculum for 1Ls tend to be predetermined, Loyola is unique because it allows us to select an elective in our second semester. It is a great way for us to start exploring fields of interest. Loyola offers dozens of classes to choose from. Click here to check out the list of all the courses.

I chose to take Juvenile Justice and I love exploring children’s Constitutional rights and learning about how children navigate the justice system. But you guys hear enough from me, so I have decided to ask some of my classmates to share their experience with the elective classes. Below Mariam talks about her experience with Domestic Violence and Alex shares his on Law and Poverty.

Mariam on her Domestic Violence Seminar elective

What’s your name? Where are you from?
My name is Mariam Rahman, and I am originally from Cairo, Egypt. Chicago has always been the place for me, as I have been here most of my adult life. My family moved a lot when we were younger, but we were attached to Chicago with a rubber band, which I am grateful for since it helped me end up at Loyola Law.

Why did you choose to go to law school?
I chose to go to law school because I truly believe that education is the one thing no one can take away from you. I think it is so important to educate yourself as much as you can so that you always have something to fall back on. I majored in Sociology, Criminology and Philosophy in my undergraduate college, and naturally was drawn to law school through my social science background. I also came to law school, as cliché as it sounds, to make a difference. Everyone in their life needs help at some point, and I want to be the person that is able to help others in need when they find themselves at odds with the law. Any career can be one that can make a difference.

What course did you choose for your elective credit and how many students are in it?
I chose the Interdisciplinary Domestic Violence Seminar with Professor Harris, with a class size of about 18 students. We are learning about what kinds of domestic disputes occur within Illinois, and what measures are being taken to help the victims, rehabilitate the abusers, and make a change in the issue at hand.

Why did you choose this class?
I have always been interested in the dynamics of family life, as I have seen too many people be abused by their loved ones, and truly think that it is their fault. I wanted to learn more about how to help the victims and how to actually treat the abusers, instead of just pushing them away and allowing them to abuse their next partner.

What are some things you like about it?
I like this class because it is very laid back and all the students feel very comfortable talking about different experiences they have had and asking any kinds of questions that come to mind. The professor is very knowledgeable, and brings in guest speakers to help us understand what different people are doing to help domestic violence disputes from happening. I also love the connections I am making, and because of this class, I will be working with a Judge in the Domestic Violence courthouse this summer.

Alex on Law and Poverty elective

What’s your name? Where are you from?
Alexander Miles Monetti; Kansas City, MO

Why did you choose to go to law school?
I chose to come to law school because I believe law, at its best, can be a safeguard for social justice. The system is imperfect, as all man-made institutions inevitably are, but the potential for law to protect the most highly valued principles in our society is unparalleled.

Where’s your favorite place in Chicago and why?
My favorite place in Chicago is the Magnificent Mile. Come on now, who doesn’t like a street with every store you could possibly need? Not to mention the 5-story Burberry shop.

What course did you choose for your elective credit and how many students are in it?
My elective credit this semester is Law and Poverty, with Professor Henry Rose. Approximately 30 students are in the course. The course covers topics that affect the most impoverished Americans on a daily basis. We have covered Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, Social Security and equal protection actions.

Why did you choose this class?
I chose Law and Poverty because I believe one of the major flaws in the American justice system is the monetary burden placed on parties. Impoverished individuals often have difficulty reaching the court system to enforce their rights because they simply do not have the financial assets to engage in a lawsuit. I wanted to learn about what challenges these individuals face in the legal realm and how I can best act to overcome those challenges.

What are some things you like about it?
Professor Rose is dedicated and enthusiastic. He does not merely teach this course, he lives it. It is evident in every class lecture and discussion that this course is more than an academic overview of theories; it is a hands-on analysis of problems facing people now. Unlike many classes 1Ls are required to take, this course focuses on current cases and issues, providing students with a working knowledge of the legal disposition on present issues.

Questions for Amie? Email law-admissions [at] luc [dot] edu with the subject “Ask Amie” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Amie B: Selecting an area of law to study

Saying I study law sometimes feels just as ambiguous and broad as if I were to say, “I go to school for science.” Well what does that mean? As lawyers, we could find ourselves practicing as a sports agent or working for the IRS or serving immigrants or drafting legislation. How can a person who defends doctors in mal-practice cases have the same degree as someone who helps legally divide a Fortune 500 company into two separate companies? How are we supposed to choose?

Well, the first way we find out about potential careers is through our classes and finding bodies of law and cases that interest us. Our first year is very structured. Over the summer before 1L year starts, the school sends us an email: please sign up for these classes, at these times, with these professors. These classes teach us the core principals of law and really start to give us a framework. Then in the spring semester, we get to select an elective course to start exploring our interests. (Stay tuned for some blog posts about the 1L Spring electives).

Another way I like to learn about potential fields are through panels, which are talks given by alumni and professionals that share information about their work. These are particularly helpful because they show us what the actual job would be like in any given field and help us find a field of interest. Even if we have a field of interest, it can help us narrow our focus. For example, I know I want to work with children, but it is almost as broad as saying I want to do adult law. Children interact with the law in many of the same ways adults do: as immigrants, as victims, as perpetrators, as consumers, as patients, as people with disabilities or other marginalized identities. I love attending panels, because they give me a practical picture of what I would be doing on a daily basis in any of these fields. The Career Services Office (CSO) and many other student groups are hosting panels all the time. CSO makes a commitment every month to hold a panel in public interest and one in traditional fields of law.

The panels are also helpful because even when we find a type of law that’s interesting, it isn’t exactly what we thought it was until we get into it. For example, my Constitutional Law professor’s first job out of law school was to work for a firm whose two biggest clients were the Chicago Tribune and Catholic Church. He was excited because what better way to get into constitutional law than by working for the press and a religious organization to invoke freedom of speech and religion issues? However, he was slightly disappointed when most of his work was focused on property and estates, managing the Catholic Church’s cemeteries and buildings. Going to the panels and hearing from professionals (and obviously listening to our professors) help give us the insight to pick a direction.

The other way to try out different careers is through internships. They obviously give us a look into different fields of law, but it’s a great opportunity to explore what we want our professional life to be like. Do I like to work in a big office or a small office? Do I need to have a lot of client-contact or would I prefer to do research and writing all day? Do I love to suit up daily or do I feel like a sell out? Is going to court exciting or an inconvenience? Do I want to work 60 hours a week or have a more flexible schedule?

One of my favorite pieces of advice from a panelist about choosing a career was that we should decide what we want our day-to-day to be like, and find something to match it. Working internships is a helpful way to answer this question. As mentioned in a prior blog, I am spending my Fridays volunteering at DVLC and it has allowed me to explore some of these questions and I have often been surprised what my answers are. For example, I found out I really enjoy preparing affidavits, or statements that present our clients’ stories. It is a powerful form of advocacy and it is really gratifying. I found though that I don’t love being on a courthouse schedule with early morning to early afternoon. I would be happy getting into the office a little later and staying a little later.

Through the classes, panels, and work experience I am slowly starting to find my way into a career. Look out for a follow up blog that talks about what to do once we have found a direction!

Questions for Amie? Email law-admissions [at] luc [dot] edu with the subject “Ask Amie” and she will make sure to answer them.

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Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Herman, Intellectual Property Part I

SHermanBioPicMy Background
As a Loyola Law alumnus from the class of 2010, it is my pleasure to share my experiences in school and what I’ve been doing with my degree thereafter. For the past year and a half, I have been working as the General Counsel and Producer for a production company based in Toronto and Los Angeles. More on that to come…

As far back as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be involved in the film industry. Movies were always a passion of mine and I even cited a movie quote on my personal essay in my law school applications. I knew if I wanted to combine my interests in the creative with a business skill, law school would be an ideal situation. In enrolling in law school, I anticipated honing skills in negotiation, becoming more structured in my writing and, of course, learning the laws and legal theories in a variety of core and elective subjects. I was correct about all of those things, and moreover, I took away some lifelong friendships, mentorship and a level of self-confidence that was completely new to me.

Why Loyola?
Firstly, on a superficial note, it was important to me to attend any grad school in a big city. Growing up in Toronto, Canada, I was used to the metropolitan life and I was eager to maintain that. Loyola’s law school campus couldn’t be in a more exciting area. I moved to Chicago with very little knowledge about the city and no friends to provide any guidance. What I learned was that Chicago is a phenomenal city with endless opportunities for fine dining, theater and, most importantly, films both big budget and independent.

As for the school itself, I could see that Loyola offered a wide array of courses and I felt confident I would be able to graduate with an intensive understanding of the fundamentals important for every lawyer. In addition, there were many interesting specialized tracks, including the intellectual property, tax and estate planning packages.

How was it to be interested in ‘soft’ IP?
Beyond the core classes, I soon decided that the most instructive courses for my trajectory into the entertainment world would be in Intellectual Property. However, I had absolutely no training nor aptitude for anything scientific. In short, that meant patents were probably not in my future. Nonetheless, I was very interested in the other Intellectual Property topics: Copyright and Trademark. Not only did this demand case readings involving situations of paramount interest to me- movies, music, branding and writing- it also allowed me to investigate circumstances that directly relate to my current position. I knew learning about Copyrights and Trademarks would be essential to my future practice in entertainment law and I was encouraged to select the IP classes despite my non-technical background. I did not ignore the patent component, as this played a substantial role in the introductory IP class, taught by Professor Cynthia Ho. Professor Ho’s teaching methods allowed the non-scientific students to understand the purpose and procedure of the patent without being mired in the technicalities of a particular patent application.

In addition to the courses offered in each of the IP components, Professor Ho also led an extra-curricular lecture series for students to come together and learn about timely and burgeoning issues in all areas of IP. This Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium is now available as a class for course credit. For more information, please visit here. Taking this opportunity was one of the highlights of my time at Loyola. We were exposed to critical thinking about the ways in which IP issues were evolving in the face of globalization, online presence and the increasing popularity of derivative works. It was also a great pleasure to meet some of the leading thinkers on the subjects, as the authors of new articles guest-lectured alternating Symposium meetings.

Favorite Loyola Class?
I knew I was meant for the transactional side of law, as I am much more comfortable in a writing and analytical position. However, I also wanted to graduate with as much of a well-rounded legal education as I could. To that end, I made the uncharacteristic decision to enroll in the intensive trial advocacy course, which was held between semesters. Painfully shy when I first arrived at Loyola, slowly, through the demands of class participation, I developed a far improved ability to present myself. As a tangent, this also led to my application as a legal writing tutor, for which I was required to make several lectures to the first year students, something I never thought I would be able to do. The trial advocacy class was exponentially more fun and interesting than I expected, and instead of coasting by for the class credit, I actually found myself competitive about the mock trials and my performance. Last year, with three of my colleagues, I spoke at a seminar on North American entertainment business in Tokyo, Japan. This would not have been possible without my time at Loyola.

For more information feel free to contact Samantha at Samantha [at] landedentertainments[dot] com

Check back next week for part ii, when Attorney Herman discusses her current position.

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Loyola wins Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition


Jan, Erin, Jennifer, and Kelsey


Loyola University Chicago School of Law has won the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Hong Kong. Loyola beat the University of Amsterdam in the final round. Ninty-nine schools from 28 countries competed in the 2014 Vis Moot East.

Congratulations to Erin Wenger, Jennifer Fair, Kelsey Leingang, and Jan Greszta, and their coaches Professor Margaret Moses, John Calhoun, Bill Davis, and Rae Kyritsi.

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Kejai McNeal: First Semester Recap

My name is Kejai McNeal, I am a 1L Student Ambassador, and I am in my  second semester of my 1L year. Here is a recap of a few activities I participated in during my first semester.

I participated in many volunteer opportunities with Loyola. The week prior to Halloween I served meals with fellow Loyola Students to the residents at the Lawson House. It is the YMCA across from the school off of State and Chicago. It was a pleasure serving the guests and talking with them. It was a nice break from my Law studies to care for the needs of others, while getting to know a little about them. I enjoyed it, so much so I participated again in November.

On Halloween, I participated in a shadow day at Loyola. The Black Law Students Association “BLSA” hosted a group of students from Harlan high school (an inner city school on Chicago’s Southside). The students accompanied members of the organization and various volunteers to their morning classes. After attending class, the students were provided pizza and an informal discussion with the organization’s volunteers and members. It was a bonding experience and very rewarding to hear the aspirations of young people so full of ambition. It was a warm reminder of how I was at that age.

Later that evening, I joined the University of Chicago’s BLSA group by participating in an event for neighborhood children at the YMCA on 62nd and Stony Island. There was a bouncing pin and big inflatable slide, arts and crafts, game tables, face painting, candy, line dancing and zumba (for the parents), and a haunted house. I worked the arts and crafts table during the night. I found the event rewarding in many ways, the first being I love children; that is where my passion lies. The second being, I was participating in something greater than myself, giving my time to serve children while providing a safe place for them to celebrate the holiday. I also colored several pictures while working the table, which I found very relaxing. It was an activity that didn’t require much thinking. It was a nice break from Law School work while placing my mind on something else.

In early November, I joined DePaul’s BLSA by participating in preparing and serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House downtown. We prepared salad, chili, cornbread and brownies for the residents and their families. It was nice to serve sick children and to see their smiling faces. It was a reminder to be grateful for the life I was given and have led.

Shortly before finals, I participated in a bonding event with my section mates. We were originally supposed to have a progressive dinner, which is a dinner where each part of the meal is had at a different house (well in our case apartment). That proved to be a bit much, over thirty people traveling across the city for different portions of a meal. Therefore, one of our section mates volunteered to have it at her place. We all gathered at the selected place, each bringing different dishes and drinks. We laughed, played games, talked, and bonded. This proved to be very helpful as it made class less frightening and new friendships were discovered. It was as though it came with a realization that we are all in this together. We are all in the same boat, in the same classroom, trying to grasp the same information. It was quite possibly the best idea anyone could have come up with.

All in all, I had an amazing first semester and welcoming experience here at Loyola.

Kejai, 1L
Student Ambassador

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Loyola Law Journal presents “Sentence Structure: The Elements of Punishment” – Friday, April 4

Law Journal

2014 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal Conference presents 

Sentence Structure: The Elements of Punishment

Friday, April 4 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

 Special Address: Hon. Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School “The Present and Future State of Sentencing Law”

The fundamental theories underlying criminal sentencing in the United States include rehabilitation, retribution, uniformity, deterrence, and incapacitation. Although sentencing practices are theoretically grounded in these principles, there are a number of other factors that impact the way sentences are practically imposed. This conference will provide a forum for nationally recognized scholars, practitioners, and judges to discuss different elements that ultimately influence sentencing laws and practices. More specifically, our panelists will explore how economics, neuroscience, and prosecutorial discretion affect the imposition of criminal sentences. The conference will also feature several panels that will examine different influences on criminal sentencing and a lunchtime discussion of crime and punishment in Chicago, reflecting on the history of sentencing in Chicago and examining how various theories and practices impact our city today.

To register, email Conference Editor Madeleine Goldfarb at mgoldfarb@luc.edu

Learn more and view the full schedule here.

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