Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 10 — Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law and the LMU Law Review will host a symposium, “Criminal Justice Reform: Rethinking the War on Drugs,” on Friday, Jan. 27, at LMU Law in downtown Knoxville.
The symposium will feature a host of experts to discuss the impact of the war on drugs. Topics to be covered include economic impact, the disproportionate impact on minority communities, federal drug sentencing reform, criminal justice reform in East Tennessee and the challenges of dealing with substance abuse in the penal system. The symposium will also consider the constitutional implications of other states’ reforms, and conflicts with the Controlled Substance Act.
Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender Keeda Haynes will bring a unique outlook to the symposium. Haynes, a veteran criminal defense attorney, was convicted of aiding and abetting a conspiracy in 2002. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws resulted in a seven-year sentence in federal prison. After several appeals, Haynes ended up serving four years and 10 months before her release. She went on to earn an advanced degree in criminology and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. Haynes is committed to community education and engagement and is a highly sought speaker on criminal justice reform, recidivism and collateral consequences. Other speakers will include Dr. Ashley Nellis, a senior research analyst for the Sentencing Project; Professor Zac Bolitho of Campbell School of Law; Dr. Christy Cowan, a consultant with SocialMind Consulting; Judge Shayne Sexton of Tennessee’s Eighth Judicial District; and Cynthia A. Brown, attorney and adjunct professor at Eastern Kentucky University.
Each speaker will discuss a topic of special interest and the symposium will conclude with a panel discussion and question and answer period.
The program, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., can provide four CLE credit hours. Admission for attorneys seeking CLE credit is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, contact April Hurley at 865.545.5339 or email April.Hurley@lmunet.edu.