The AULR Volume 67 Senior Editorial Board (left to right): Chiara Vitiello, Senior Symposium Editor; Laura Collins, Senior Articles Editor; Hannah Nallo, Associate Articles Editor; Jody A. Stafford, Associate Managing Editor; Joseph R. Briscar, Managing Editor; John R. Boulé III, Editor-in-Chief; Jordan E. Helton, Executive Editor; Aaron Garavaglia, Senior Federal Circuit Editor; Annie P. Anderson, Senior Note & Comment Editor; and Christina A. Ravelo, Associate Symposium Editor.
The American University Law Review Hosts “Anatomy of Justice: An Honest Conversation on the Criminal Justice System in 2017”
Nov. 14, 2017
On Nov. 10, 2017, leading scholars and experts on the criminal justice system gathered at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) for the American University Law Review (AULR) annual symposium, “Anatomy of Justice: An Honest Conversation on the Criminal Justice System in 2017.” The program included panels on the juvenile justice system, the death penalty, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and bail bonds and fines reform. The keynote address was delivered by James Forman Jr., a professor at Yale Law School and author of the acclaimed book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. At the end of the symposium, AUWCL and AULR conducted a dedication ceremony for Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ’76/ B.A.’73, a member of both the AUWCL Dean’s Advisory Council and the American University Board of Trustees. AULR dedicated the symposium to Judge Lee in commemoration of his retirement in October from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“This was one of the best symposiums I have ever participated in or attended,” said Professor Ira Robbins, who moderated the morning panel on the death penalty. “The Symposium was a wonderful partnership between AULR and key faculty members – one that can serve as a model to our journals going forward. On behalf of the AULR Faculty Advisory Committee, thanks so much to Professors Davis and Jones and Associate Dean Epperson and the AULR editors for their tireless efforts.”
The welcoming remarks were delivered by Chiara Vitiello, AULR Volume 67 senior symposium editor, and Professor Lia Epperson, senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs. The four panels were moderated by AUWCL professors and administrators: Associate Dean for Scholarship Jenny Roberts and Professors Robbins, Angela J. Davis, and Cynthia E. Jones. Each panel touched on topical issues and featured academics, practitioners, and judges who offered diverse views on issues facing the criminal justice system. More details on the event program can be found here.
At the end of the event, AULR dedicated the symposium live event and its accompanying book, Volume 67, Issue 5, which will be in print at the end of May 2018, to Judge Lee. John R. Boulé III, AULR Volume 67 editor-in-chief, gave remarks on behalf of AULR and Dean Camille Nelson provided remarks on behalf of AUWCL. After these remarks, Judge Lee accepted the dedication, shared his reflections on his legal career, and provided advice for the audience. A reception followed in the Capital Hall Atrium.
Founded in 1952, AULR is the oldest and largest student-run publication at American University and publishes six issues each year. As AUWCL’s flagship law review, AULR is the most cited of AUWCL’s family of legal publications, both by other legal publications and the courts.
AULR’s next symposium, its 33rd Annual Federal Circuit Symposium, will take place on Jan. 26, 2018, at AUWCL in Grossman Hall. It will include a keynote interview with AUWCL alumna, Chief Judge Sharon Prost ‘79 of the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and panels on patents, international trade, and government contracts.