Notice from May 27, 2010


May 18, 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 Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Mecham Conference Center, on the ground level of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses regarding the issue of statutory mandatory minimum penalties in federal sentencing.


Public Hearing Agenda
Thursday, May 27, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C.


Opening Remarks   (8:30 a.m.)

Panel I.    View from the Executive Branch   (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

Sally Quillian Yates
United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
United States Department of Justice

Panel II.    View from Sentencing Practitioners   (9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

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

Jeffrey B. Steinback
Practitioners Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission
Chicago, Illinois

James E. Felman
American Bar Association
Tampa, Florida

Cynthia Hujar Orr
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
San Antonio, Texas

Break    (10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

Panel III.    View from Law Enforcement   (11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Jiles H. Ship
Second Vice President
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
University City, Missouri

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

Maxwell Jackson
Harrisville City Utah Police Chief
National Center for Rural Law Enforcement
Harrisville City, Utah

Lunch Break    (12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

Panel IV.    View from Academia   (1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Laurie L. Levenson
Professor of Law
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, California

Stephen A. Saltzburg
Professor of Law
The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Stephen J. Schulhofer
Professor of Law
New York University School of Law
New York, New York

Break    (2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Panel V.    View from Public Policy Analysts   (2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Cory Andrews
Senior Litigator
Washington Legal Foundation
Washington, DC

David B. Muhlhausen
Senior Policy Analyst
The Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC

Erik Luna
Adjunct Scholar
Cato Institute
Lexington, Virginia

Break    (4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)

Panel VI.    View from Advocacy Groups   (4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Marc Mauer
Executive Director
The Sentencing Project
Washington, DC

Julie Stewart
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Washington, DC

Jay Rorty
Director of the Drug Law Reform Project
American Civil Liberties Union
Santa Cruz, California

Thomas Hillier II
Member of the Sentencing Initiative’s Blue-Ribbon Committee
The Constitution Project
Seattle, Washington

Adjourn   (5:30 p.m.)