‘Rethinking the War on Drugs’ symposium in Chicago Feb. 20-21

February 18, 2014

Staff Report

CHICAGO — “Rethinking the War on Drugs,” a symposium sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation and co-sponsored by the Northwestern University School of Law and The Harvard Club of Chicago, will run Feb. 20-21 at Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 376 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago.

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. The faculty is from all across the country, as well as one person from the Netherlands, and includes U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill..

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 decriminalize marijuana, Attorney General Eric Holder’s August 2013 announcement of a change in federal prosecutorial policy on drug offenses, and legislation pending in Congress to address mandatory minimum sentences.

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 in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin (more than 9 CLE hours for the two-day symposium will be requested).

As the symposium is substantially underwritten by foundations and law firms, it is priced to encourage attendance.

Two-day attendance rates are as follow:

• $150 — In-person live webcast and delayed webcast WITH CLE (continuing legal education for lawyers);

• $50 — In-person live webcast and delayed webcast WITHOUT CLE; and

• $50 — State and federal government attorneys, in-person live webcast and delayed webcast with or without CLE.

One-day attendance rates are as follow:

• $75 — In-person live webcast and delayed webcast WITH CLE;

• $25 — In-person live webcast and delayed webcast WITHOUT CLE; and

• $25 — State and federal government attorneys, in person live webcast and delayed webcast with or without CLE.

• No charge for federal judges, federal judge law clerks and state court judges: in person, live webcast and delayed webcast; law school students: up to 10 per law school in person — unlimited number live webcast and delayed webcast.

Register and review the symposium program at www.7thcircuitbar.org. Inquiries may be directed to Debbie at dg@ag-ltd.com.

Posted Feb. 18, 2014

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