Public Hearing - February 16, 2012



Public Hearing on Federal Sentencing Options after Booker

Thursday, February 16, 2012

8:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.



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, February 16, 2012 from 8:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

The public hearing will be held in the Federal Judicial Center, Classrooms A, B, and C, on the concourse level of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to gather testimony from invited witnesses on federal sentencing options pursuant to United States v. Booker.


8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Opening Remarks   (8:30 a.m.)

Panel I    Current State of Federal Sentencing   (8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Hon. Paul Barbadoro
United States District Judge
District of New Hampshire

Matthew Axelrod
Associate Deputy Attorney General
United States Department of Justice

Charles Samuels
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Raymond Moore
Federal Public Defender
Districts of Colorado and Wyoming

Break  (10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

Roundtable I    Improving the Advisory Guideline System   (10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Hon. Gerard Lynch
United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Hon. Andre M. Davis
United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Henry Bemporad
Federal Public Defender
Western District of Texas
Professor Susan R. Klein
Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law
University of Texas School of Law

Matthew Miner
Washington, D.C.

Lunch Break    (11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

Roundtable II    Restoring Mandatory Guidelines   (12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.)

Hon. Theodore McKee
Chief United States Circuit Judge
Third Circuit Court of Appeals  

Hon. William K. Sessions III
United States District Judge
District of Vermont

Michael Nachmanoff
Federal Public Defender
Eastern District of Virginia

Professor Frank Bowman
Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law
University of Missouri School of Law

Michael Volkov
Washington, D.C.

Break  (2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Panel II    Comparing the Options, An Academic Perspective   (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Professor Sara Sun Beale
Charles L. B. Lowndes Professor of Law
Duke University School of Law

Professor Michael Tonry
Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence
University of Minnesota Law School

Professor Douglas Berman
Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Panel III    Comparing the Options, Community Perspectives   (3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)

Mary Price
General Counsel
Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Marc Mauer
Executive Director
The Sentencing Project

Break  (4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Panel IV    Comparing the Options, Practitioners' Perspectives   (4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

David Debold
Practitioners Advisory Group
Lisa Wayne
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

James E. Felman
Co-chair, Criminal Justice Section Committee on Sentencing
American Bar Association

Adjourn    (5:30 p.m.)

Additional Submission for the Record

Letter from Hon. Myron H. Bright
United States Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit