Each year the Journal hosts two symposia and one lecture. One symposium is held each semester, and the Law Journal Lecture generally occurs in October or early November. Each symposium typically features between 10 and 15 presenters, most of whom will produce an article related to the symposium topic for publication in the Journal. Similarly, the keynote speaker invited to give the annual Law Journal Lecture will write an article for publication.
In an effort to handle a growing prison population and to ameliorate the effects of harsh sentencing guidelines, the executive branch unveiled a new clemency initiative in 2014 aimed at reviewing the sentences of non-violent offenders. Join the University of St. Thomas Law Journal for its spring 2015 symposium, "Reviewing Clemency in a Time of Change," where featured speakers will address this new initiative and how it will shape the future of clemency and mass incarceration.
Confirmed speakers include:
Amy Baron-Evans, sentencing resource counsel, Federal Public and Community Defenders
Steven L. Chanenson, law professor, Villanova University School of Law
Rep. Keith Ellison, congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
Nekima Levy-Pounds, professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Margaret Love, attorney, Law Office of Margaret Love
P.S. Ruckman Jr., professor, Rock Valley College
Adam Stevenson, clinical associate professor, University of Wisconsin Law School