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Liman Public Interest Colloquium March 4-5 Examines Prison Conditions, Those Incarcerated

The Thirteenth Annual Liman Colloquium, “Imprisoned,” will be held at Yale Law School on March 4 and 5, 2010. This Colloquium will explore the issues raised by the incarceration of more than two million people in the United States.

The event begins on Thursday, March 4, at 4:15 p.m. The first panel will consider the hardening of prison culture, the rising numbers of supermax facilities, and the increasing use of segregation. Speakers include James Austin (JFA Institute); Sharon Dolovich (UCLA School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center); David Fathi (ACLU National Prison Project); Craig Haney (UC Santa Cruz); and Judith Resnik (Yale Law School). Following this panel will be remarks from Dora Schriro, the new commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction and the former director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Also speaking will be Ashbel T. Wall, the director of the Department of Corrections in Rhode Island. The evening speakers on Thursday will be focused on the contributions of Clinical Professor Brett Dignam, who has taught the Prison Legal Services clinic at Yale since the early 1990s.

Friday’s panels will consider a series of topics including the impact of gender and race in prisons; the roles of the courts, Congress, and the executive in issues of incarceration; the causes and effects of over-incarceration; and policies of decarceration. The day will begin with roundtable discussions led by Liman Public Interest Fellows and others on detention of immigrants, those before trial, and children, as well as on prisoner reentry policies and the role of law schools in issues of incarceration.

Speakers from Yale Law School include Muneer Ahmad, Stephen Bright, Dennis Curtis, Brett Dignam, Jeffrey Fagan, Nancy Gertner, Hope Metcalf, Tracey Meares, Robert Post, Judith Resnik, Sarah Russell, and Kate Stith. Also participating are Lois Bloom (Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York); Kathy Boudin (Columbia University); Lynn Branham (St. Louis University School of Law); Kim Buchanan (USC Gould School of Law); William Fick (Federal Defenders of Massachusetts); James Forman (Georgetown University Law Center); Beverly Gage (Yale History Department); Martin Horn (John Jay College of Criminal Justice); Neil Lewis (The New York Times); Doug Liman (director/producer); Lewis Liman (Cleary Gottlieb); Glenn Loury (Brown University); Anya McMurray (counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy, Senate Judiciary Committee); Brenda Murray (Chief Administrative Law Judge, Securities and Exchange Commission); Sara Norman (Prison Law Office); Dennis Parker (ACLU Racial Justice Program); Alice Ristroph (Seton Hall University School of Law); Giovanna Shay (Western New England College of Law); Brenda Smith (Washington College of Law, American University); Jeremy Travis (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Rebekah Tosado (Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, U.S. Department of Homeland Security); and Matthew Waxman (Columbia Law School).

The Colloquium is co-sponsored by Yale Law School, the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program, and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. The Liman Colloquium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required, and space for dinner is limited. To register online, or for more information about the schedule and speakers, visit the Colloquium website.