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Laurie Levenson, Evan Lee, Clara J. Altman
October 5, 2023

Criminal Law. Venue. Double Jeopardy Clause. Sixth Amendment. Experts analyze the Supreme Court’s holdings in important criminal law cases. In Smith v. United States the Court rules that double jeopardy does not apply to trials conducted in the wrong venue. Samia v. United States addresses whether use of a non-testifying co-defendant’s confession at trial violates the right to confront witnesses. Finally, they discuss what the dismissal after oral argument of In Re Grand Jury might mean to efforts to expand the scope of the attorney-client privilege.

James A. Chance, Suzanna Sherry, Laurie Levenson
October 28, 2021

Constitutional Criminal Law. Experts discuss the Supreme Court’s elimination of the Watershed Exception for procedural rule changes in Edwards v. Vannoy, and the lack of need for specific findings in life without parole sentencing of juveniles in Jones v. Mississippi.  

James A. Chance, Evan Lee, Laurie Levenson
October 28, 2021

Federal Criminal Statutes. Experts discuss the Court’s refusal to read statutes broadly and the importance of judges considering the impacts of race and addiction in sentencing. 

Edwin Chemerinsky, Laurie Levenson, James A. Chance
October 7, 2021

Fourth Amendment. Search and Seizure. Watch experts discuss the Court’s refusal to broaden the Community Caretaking exception and doctrine of hot pursuit in favor of protecting privacy in the home, and the different standards applied to seizure in civil and criminal cases. 

Mark A. Sherman, Shelly A. Easter, Melinda Torres Felix, Monica Mannino, Wade Warren, Tiffany Vega, Johnny Alexander, Melissa Alexander
February 1, 2021

U.S. probation and pretrial services professionals discuss the wellness challenges facing the system and the National Wellness Committee’s work to address them. Chair of the National Wellness Committee, Melinda Torres Felix discusses what it means to be physically and mentally well, where the Wellness Committee has been, where it wants to go, and the resources and help available to officers. Monica Mannino, Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer in the Eastern District of Missouri and Vice Chair of the Wellness Committee, Chief Wade Warren of the District of North Dakota, Chief Melissa Alexander of the Middle District of North Carolina, Tiffany Vega, U.S. Probation Officer from the Northern District of Illinois, and Johnny Alexander, U.S. Probation officer from the Western District of Kentucky, also share their unique perspectives.

Robert L. DuPont, Jason A. Cantone
December 3, 2020

Dr. Robert DuPont, an expert in drug-abuse prevention and treatment for fifty years, served as the first director of the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) and as the second White House Drug Chief under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Dr.

Christopher Jones, Hanna Umanskiy Ortiz
December 3, 2020

Dr. Christopher Jones, U.S. Public Health Service and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reviews current options (to include methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone) in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for those with an opioid use disorder.

Wilson Compton, Jason A. Cantone
December 3, 2020

Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), explains what judges need to know about the biology, neurobiology, and chemistry of opioid use disorder.

Robert Redfield, Hanna Umanskiy Ortiz
December 3, 2020

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identifies drug use disorder as the public health crisis of our time.

Tony Anderson, Yador Harrell, Belinda M. Ashley
September 2, 2020

Retired chief U.S. probation and pretrial services officers Tony Anderson, Belinda Alexander-Ashley, Ph.D., and Yador Harrell discuss their personal experiences of racial bias in their lives and careers, their reactions to the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black men and women by police officers, and their suggestions for alleviating racial discrimination in the probation and pretrial services workplace.


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