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U.S. Sentencing Commission Public Hearing

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May 27, 2009 8:00am - May 26, 2009 8:00am

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The United States Sentencing Commission is holding a public hearing at the Stanford Law School on May 27-28, 2009. This public hearing is the second in a series of regional hearings to mark the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 ("SRA").

The Commission is extending an invitation to any who might be interested in attending.

The public hearing will take place at the Stanford Law School in the Moot Courtroom (on the lower level), 559 Nathan Abbott Way. The hearing will allow commissioners to hear directly from judges, practitioners, academics, and other individuals about their experiences with, and any suggestions regarding, federal sentencing policy. In particular, the Commission is interested in the following topics:

  • How has the advisory nature of the federal sentencing guidelines after the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005) affected federal sentencing?
  • What should be the role of the federal sentencing guidelines in federal sentencing? What, if any, changes should be made to the federal sentencing guidelines?
  • Does the federal sentencing system strike the appropriate balance between judicial discretion and uniformity and certainty in sentencing?
  • How should offense and offender characteristics be taken into account in federal sentencing? What, if any, changes should be made with respect to accounting for offense and offender characteristics?
  • What type of analysis should courts use for imposing sentences within or outside the guideline sentencing range?
  • How have Booker and subsequent Supreme Court decisions affected appellate review of sentences?
  • What, if any, recommendations should the Commission make regarding the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure?
  • What, if any, recommendations should the Commission make to Congress with respect to statutory changes regarding federal sentencing?

AGENDA

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. View from the Appellate Bench

  • Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Richard C. Tallman, Circuit Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. View from the District Court Bench

  • Honorable Robert S. Lasnik, Chief District Judge, Western District of Washington
  • Honorable Charles R. Breyer, District Judge, Northern District of California
  • Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, District Judge, District of Hawaii

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. View from the Probation Office

  • Marilyn Grisha, Chief Probation Officer, District of Idaho
  • Christopher Hansen, Chief Probation Officer, District of Nevada
  • Elizabeth Kerwood, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, District of Hawaii

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. View from the Executive Branch

  • Lawrence G. Brown, Acting United States Attorney, Eastern District of California
  • Karin J. Immergut, United States Attorney, District of Oregon

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. View from the Defense Bar

  • Davina Chen, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Central District of California
  • Thomas W. Hillier II, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Washington
  • Douglass A. Mitchell, CJA Panel Attorney, Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, District of Nevada

Thursday, May 28, 2009

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. View from the District Court Bench

  • Honorable Vaughn R. Walker, United States Chief District Judge, Northern District of California
  • Honorable Lynn Winmill, United States Chief District Judge, District of Idaho

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m View from Academia

  • Dean Kevin Cole, University of San Diego Law School
  • Professor Robert Weisberg, Edwin E. Huddleson, Jr. Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Professor Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Community Impact

  • Larry Fehr, Senior Vice President, Pioneer Human Services, Seattle, Washington
  • Michael Finigan, Ph.D., President, NPC Research, Portland, Oregon
  • Caroline Fredrickson, Director Washington Legislative Office, American Civil Liberties Union, (Formerly chief of staff of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa)