June 1, 2011


May 25, 2011

Pursuant to Rule 3.2 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the United States Sentencing Commission, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Leonidas Ralph Mecham Conference Center, on the ground level of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, D.C. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding retroactivity of Amendment 2, pertaining to federal drug offenses.

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks   (8:30 a.m.)

Panel I.    Executive Branch Panel   (8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General of the United States

The Honorable Stephanie M. Rose
United States Attorney
Northern District of Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Thomas R. Kane
Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Washington, DC

Panel II.    Practitioners Panel   (9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

Michael S. Nachmanoff
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia

David Debold
Practitioners Advisory Group
Gibson Dunn
Washington, DC

James Felman
Co-Chairman of the Sentencing Subcommittee
Criminal Justice Section
American Bar Association
Tampa, Florida

Jim E. Lavine
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Houston, Texas

Break  (10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Panel III.    Law Enforcement Experts Panel   (10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)

The Honorable Asa Hutchinson
Senior Partner
Asa Hutchinson Law Group
Rogers, Arkansas

David Hiller
National Vice President
Fraternal Order of Police
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Christopher D. Chiles
Chairman of the Board
National District Attorneys Association
Huntington, West Virginia

Panel IV.    Judicial Branch Panel   (11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

The Honorable Reggie Walton
Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference
United States District Judge
Washington, DC

Panel V.   Academics Panel   (11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Michael M. O'Hear
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Law
Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Break  (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Panel VI.   Community Interest Panel  (1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)

Marc Mauer
Executive Director
The Sentencing Project
Washington, DC

Hilary O. Shelton
Washington Bureau Director &
Senior Vice President for Advocacy
Washington, DC

Jesselyn McCurdy
Senior Legislative Counsel
Washington, DC

Pat Nolan
Prison Fellowship
Washington, DC

Panel VII.   Community Interest Panel   (2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Julie Stewart and Natasha Darrington
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Washington, DC

Nkechi Taifa
Senior Policy Analyst for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform
Open Society Institute
Washington, DC

Jasmine L. Tyler
Deputy Director of National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance
Washington, DC