Public Hearing - March 6-7, 2024

 

Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 and Thursday, March 7, 2024
Washington, DC
9:00 AM (ET)

 

Notice

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 6 and Thursday, March 7, 2024 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on both days.

The public hearing will be held in the Mecham Conference Center of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, NE, Washington, DC. The hearing will also be live-streamed.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Commission to receive testimony from invited expert witnesses on proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.

 


Agenda - Day One

Opening Remarks, Day One (9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)

Hon. Carlton W. Reeves 
Chair
United States Sentencing Commission

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ON ACQUITTED CONDUCT AND SIMPLIFICATION

Panel I. Criminal Law Committee Perspective (9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

Hon. Edmond E-Min Chang 
Chair, Criminal Law Committee
U.S. District Judge
Northern District of Illinois

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT ON ACQUITTED CONDUCT

Panel II. Judicial Perspective (9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)

Hon. Stephen R. Bough
U.S. District Judge
Western District of Missouri

Hon. Micaela Alvarez 
Senior U.S. District Judge 
Southern District of Texas

Hon. Deborah L. Cook 
Senior U.S. Circuit Judge
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Patricia Millett
U.S. Circuit Judge
DC Circuit Court of Appeals

Panel III. Executive Branch Perspective (10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.)

Rebecca Taibelson
Appellate Chief for the U.S. Attorney
for the Eastern District of Wisconsin 
Department of Justice

Break (11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m)

Panel IV. Federal Public Defender Perspective (11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.)

Michael Holley
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Middle District of Tennessee

Panel V. Advisory Groups’ Perspectives (11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Hon. Ralph Erickson
Chair, Tribal Issues Advisory Group
U.S. Circuit Judge, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals

Susan Walsh
Second Circuit Representative
Practitioners Advisory Group

Jill Bushaw
Chair
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Christopher Quasebarth
Member
Victims Advisory Group

Lunch (12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Panel VI. Victims’ Perspective (1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.)

Dr. Sharon W. Cooper, MD FAAP
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Staff Forensic and Developmental Pediatrician
Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, North Carolina

James Marsh
Partner
Marsh Law Firm

Panel VII. Formerly Incarcerated Individuals' and Family Perspective (2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.)

Jesse Ailsworth

Allen Peithman

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT ON SIMPLIFICATION

Panel VIII. Judicial Perspective (2:25 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Hon. Roy Altman
U.S. District Judge
Southern District of Florida

Hon. Robert W. Pratt
Senior U.S. District Judge 
Southern District of Iowa

Panel IX. Executive Branch Perspective (3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.)

Kathleen Stoughton
Appellate Chief for the U. S. Attorney for the
District of South Carolina
Department of Justice

Panel X. Federal Public Defender Perspective(3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.)

Michael Caruso
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Southern District of Florida

Break (3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.)

Panel XI. Advisory Group Perspectives (3:55 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Hon. Ralph Erickson
Chair, Tribal Issues Advisory Group
U.S. Circuit Judge, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals

Susan Walsh
Second Circuit Representative 
Practitioners Advisory Group

Joshua Luria 
Vice Chair
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Mary Graw Leary
Chair
Victims Advisory Group

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT ON CIRCUIT CONFLICTS AND LOSS

Panel XII. Stakeholders Perspective (4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)

Hon. Leigha Simonton
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas 
Department of Justice

Deirdre von Dornum (Circuit Conflicts) 
Assistant Federal Defender
Federal Defenders of New York

Daniel Dena (Loss) 
Assistant Federal Defender 
Federal Community Defender of the 
Eastern District of Michigan

Adjourn, Day One


Agenda - Day Two

Opening Remarks, Day Two (9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)

Hon. Carlton W. Reeves 
Chair
United States Sentencing Commission

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT ON YOUTHFUL INDIVIDUALS 

Panel I. Neuroscientists/Psychologists Perspectives (9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)

BJ Casey, PhD
The Christina L. Williams Professor of Neuroscience 
Director, Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab
Department of Neuroscience and Behavior
Barnard College Columbia University

Elizabeth Cauffman, PhD
Professor of Psychological Science, Education and Law 
University of California Irvine

Stephen Morse
Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law 
Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry 
Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society
Penn Carey Law
University of Pennsylvania

Kirk Heilburn, PhD 
Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 
Drexel University

Panel II. Criminal Justice Experts Perspectives (10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

Marsha Levick, Esq. 
Chief Legal Officer
Juvenile Law Center

Erin R. Collins 
Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law

John H. Laub
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus 
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Maryland, College Park

Panel III. Executive Branch Perspective (10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.)

Hon. Matthew Graves
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
Department of Justice

Break (10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.)

Panel IV. Federal Public Defender Perspective (11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.)

Gabriela Leija
Associate Federal Defender 
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin

Panel V. Advisory Groups’ Perspectives (11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Hon. Ralph Erickson
Chair, Tribal Issues Advisory Group
U.S. Circuit Judge, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals

Debb Roden
At-Large Representative 
Practitioners Advisory Group

Jill Bushaw 
Chair
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Mary Graw Leary 
Chair
Victims Advisory Group

Lunch (12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Panel VI. Victims’ Perspective (1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Shari Ellithorpe

Lynette Duncan

Ashley Carvalho

Rosemary Brewer
Executive Director
Oregon Crime Victim Law Center

Panel VII. Formerly Incarcerated Individuals’ Perspective (2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.)

Dakota Garmany

Ronald Evans

 

PROPOSED MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENT (§2D1.1)

Panel VIII. Stakeholders Perspective (2:25 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

Hon. Zachary Cunha
U.S. Attorney for the 
District of Rhode Island 
Department of Justice

Deirdre von Dornum
Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender 
Federal Defenders of New York

Debb Roden
At-Large Representative 
Practitioners Advisory Group

Joshua Luria 
Vice Chair
Probation Officers Advisory Group

Christopher Quasebarth 
Member
Victims Advisory Group

Adjourn, Day Two