Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner and Prof. Jim Moliterno present at Seton Hall Law School on Oct. 25 as part of a symposium titled “Legal Education Looking Forward.” Panelists at the event will discuss current proposals for revamping, revitalizing, and reestablishing the value of law school. Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address,
Dean Demleitner is participating in a plenary panel titled “Bold Approaches to Legal Education,” with Dorothy Brown, Vice Provost, Emory; Evan Chesler, chairman, Cravath, and David Lat, Above the Law. Prof. Moliterno is on a breakout panel titled “Law School: What Return(s) on the Investment?”.
Some of the questions the symposium attempts to answer include: Is law school still economically viable? Should it last two years instead of three? Would increasing “skills classes” increase preparedness? Could an apprenticeship program or post-graduate “low bono” service clinic give students a means of building experience in a tough legal market? Do we need the bar exam?
For more information about the event, visit the Seton Hall Symposium website.
Washington and Lee law school Dean Nora Demleitner gave two presentations recently, one on collateral sanctions and another on human rights themes in law schools.
On March 7, Dean Demleitner spoke at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) held in Mysore, India. The Conference topic is “The Role of Law Schools and Human Rights.” Her presentation, and the paper on which the talk was based, had been selected on a peer-reviewed process and was part of a panel on Human Rights Themes in the Life of the Law School.
More information about the IALS and the annual meeting is available online.
On March 1, Dean Demleitner presented her paper ”Collateral Sanctions in the United States and Europe: Retroactivity and Proportionality” at the Robina Workshop on Collateral Sanctions, held at the University of Minnesota Law School. Discussants were Kevin Reitz (Minnesota Law) and Elizabeth Beaumont (Minnesota Political Science).
More information about the Robina Institute and the collateral sanctions workshop is available online.
Nora Demleitner, Dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law, is serving as a consultant to the Vera Institute of Justice (NYC) in its European-American Prison Project. The project is funded by the Prison Law Office in California, which has been the chief litigant in California’s prison health care case, a federal class action civil rights lawsuit alleging that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) medical services were inadequate and violated the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As a result of the case, the CDCR’s prison medical conditions were found to be in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
As a result of that victory, the Prison Law Office received state funds, which it has been investing with Vera to bring about larger scale prison reform.Vera has selected three progressive correctional systems — Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Colorado — to send delegations to Germany and the Netherlands to learn about how the sentencing and correctional systems there are being run.
Dean Demleitner is serving as the European sentencing expert on the Vera team. She recently visited two prisons in Georgia as part of a two-day working group meeting, which consisted of correctional officials, including the commissioner of corrections, state representatives, judges, prosecutors, and other experts. Next week she will visit Colorado for another working group meeting.
Dean Demleitner joined W&L Law in 2012. She teaches and has written widely in the areas of criminal, comparative, and immigration law. Her special expertise is in sentencing and collateral sentencing consequences.