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Program in Criminal Law & Policy announces
2013 spring speaker series






Mark Osler

Commutation in Federal Criminal Law - 2013

Professor Osler was lead counsel on the case of Spears v. United States (2009) in the U.S. Supreme Court, where the court held that sentencing judges can categorically reject the 100:1 ratio between crack and powder cocaine in federal sentencing guidelines. His work frequently strikes at the intersection of law and faith. His book, Jesus on Death Row (Abingdon, 2009) challenges the death penalty based on the experience of Christ as a criminal defendant. He writes regularly on religion and law for the Huffington Post,, and Sojourners, and has been interviewed as an expert on CNN, NPR's "Morning Edition" and ABC's "Good Morning America," and in hundreds of newspapers and news sources.


Mike Dudley

Crisis Intervention for Lawyers

As a 26-year veteran of the FBI, Special Agent Mike Dudley has conducted hundreds of federal crime investigations and participated in hostage negotiations. Prior to joining the FBI, he was the elected District Attorney in Lincoln County, Wisconsin. He is currently employed as an investigative consultant at Waypoint Inc., a consulting company in White Bear Lake Minnesota.


Terri Rahner (tentative)

Determining Competency of a Criminal Defendant

Terri Rahner is the Criminal Justice Mental Health Clinical Coordinator for Pima County Superior Court. She will be discussing the process of evaluating a criminal defendant for competency to enter in to plea negotiations or stand trial.


Kathy Rau

Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center

In a child-sensitive environment, the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center provides an array of investigative and advocacy services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. Expert medical evaluations, videotaped forensic interviews, crisis intervention and case coordination are all provided in one place.


Heather Williams

Operation Streamline

Operation Streamline started in 2011 in Arizona to speed up the process of deporting people who have been found at or near the border having just crossed without permission. People who have been arrested for "entering without inspection" go through court in groups rather than singly. In exchange for pleading guilty, the migrants give up their right to a trial, agree to a shorter sentence than they would otherwise receive (up to 6 months as opposed to 2-3 years), and are deported after they serve their time. 

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Updated: 02/08/2013