The Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation has assembled
an all-star faculty of judges, prosecutors, medical personnel, professors,
government officials, economists and journalists for a vigorous "rethinking” of
the War on Drugs, which began in 1971.
Federal and state governments have recently been reexamining
drug laws and policies, many of which are legacies of the War on Drugs. High profile manifestations of these reexaminations
include state initiatives to de-criminalize marijuana, Attorney General
Holder’s August 2013 announcement of a change in federal prosecutorial policy
on drug offenses, and legislation pending in Congress to address mandatory
The two day symposium will address federal and state
criminal laws for possession, use and sale of drugs; law enforcement,
prosecutorial discretion and sentencing for same; addiction programs; prison
populations; social fabric of communities in which drug use is high; drug
economics; and foreign policy directed at drug source.
In addition to a live in-person audience, the symposium will
be webcast simultaneously and delayed. Application
for continuing legal education credit will be made. As the symposium is substantially
underwritten by foundations and law firms, it is priced to encourage attendance: $150 for two days with CLE credit; $75 for one day with CLE credit; $50 for two
days without CLE credit; $25 for one day without CLE credit.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.
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