Criminal Law Symposium

  2018 Criminal Law Symposium

Professor Arnold Loewy and the Texas Tech Law Review will proudly sponsor the 12th Annual Criminal Law Symposium on April 13, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas, at the School of Law. This year’s symposium focuses on the laws surrounding capital punishment, and promises to be an informative event. Renowned Law Professor and current Dean of Berkeley Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, is the Symposium’s Keynote Speaker. Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will moderate the symposium, and Criminal Law Professors from around the country will follow in various panel discussions. The three panels will focus on policy reasons for keeping capital punishment, reasons to abolish it, and how the Supreme Court is likely to resolve the issue.

Registered attendees are eligible to earn 7 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit. These attendees will also be invited to lunch in the Law School Forum with Lunch Speaker, Jordan Steiker. Attendees who do not register for CLE credit have the option of paying $20 to join the lunch meeting. Otherwise, the lunch speaker will be viewable from one of the courtrooms in the law school.

Please contact Symposium Editor, Jordan Fowler, with any questions.

Sign up here.

Schedule for April 13, 2018

9:00-9:15: Greetings from various University and Law School personnel

9:15-9:45: Opening keynote: Erwin Chemerinsky (U.C. Berkeley)

9:45-10:00: Break

10:00-12:00: Panel 1: Are there good reasons for retaining the death penalty? Moderator: Dean Jack Nowlin (Texas Tech). Speakers: Ron Allen (Northwestern), Paul Cassell (Utah), David Gray (Maryland), Joshua Marquis (Oregon District Attorney).

12:00-1:15: (Lunch). Luncheon Speaker: Jordan Steiker (Texas)

1:15-3:15 Panel 2: Are there good reasons for abolishing the death penalty? Moderator: Joshua Dressler (Ohio St.). Speakers: Arnold Loewy (Texas Tech), Patrick Metze (Texas Tech), Susan Rozelle (Stetson), Mike Vitiello (McGeorge)

 3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-5:30: How is the Supreme Court likely to resolve this question? Moderator: Bernice Donald (Judge-6th Federal Circ.): Speakers: Jack Boger (UNC), Sam Kamin (Denver), Lee Kovarsky (Maryland), Linda Malone (William and Mary)

 5:30-6:30: Wine and Cheese Social