Notice from March 17, 2010


March 10, 2010

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, March 17, from 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Commissioners Conference Room, in the Commission’s suite in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Suite 2-500 (South Lobby), Washington, DC.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines and issues for comment.


United States Sentencing Commission
Public Hearing Agenda
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C.


Opening Remarks   (8:45 a.m.)

I. Alternatives to Incarceration/Specific Offender Characteristics

Panel A
(8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

Tristram J. Coffin
United States Attorney
District of Vermont

Panel B
(9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

Teresa M. Brantley
Probation Officers Advisory Group
Central District of California

Susan Smith Howley
Victims Advisory Group
Washington, D.C.

Eric A. Tirschwell
Practitioners Advisory Group
New York City, New York

Panel C
(10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Marianne Mariano
Federal Public Defender
Western District of New York

James E. Felman
Committee on Sentencing, American Bar Association
Tampa, Florida

Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Washington, D.C.

Panel D
(11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Thomas J. Berger
Senior Analyst for Veterans’ Benefits and Mental Health Issues
Vietnam Veterans of America
Silver Spring, Maryland

Elmore T. Briggs
Clinical Director
Kolmac Clinic
Washington , D.C.

Scott H. Decker
Professor and Director
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Arizona State University

Marvin D. Seppala
Chief Medical Officer
Hazelden Foundation
Center City, Minnesota


II. Recency
(2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Andrea Smith
Assistant United States Attorney
District of Maryland

Margy Meyers
Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Texas

Teresa M. Brantley
Probation Officers Advisory Group
Central District of California

III. Organizational Guidelines

Panel A
(2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

David Debold
Practitioners Advisory Group
Washington, D.C.

Susan Hackett
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Association of Corporate Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Karen Harned
Executive Director of the Small Business Legal Center
National Federation of Independent Business
Washington, D.C.

Panel B
(4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Tim C. Mazur
Chief Operating Officer
Ethics & Compliance Officer Association
Waltham, Massachusetts

Patricia J. Harned
Ethics Resource Center
Arlington, Virginia

Joseph E. Murphy
Director of Public Policy
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
Minneapolis, Minnesota