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Release: May 17, 2001

UI is host site for conference on federal sentencing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host a symposium Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3 on the legal and sociolegal consequences of federal sentencing guidelines. The symposium will bring federal judges, esteemed legal and sociology scholars, government agency researchers and court officials to campus to discuss research on the federal sentencing guidelines. The guidelines were designed by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to provide uniformity in federal sentencing.

Celesta A. Albonetti, UI sociology professor and director of the Center of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, is chair and organizer of the symposium.

Appellate Judge Diane E. Murphy, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and chairperson of the United Stated Sentencing Commission will deliver the keynote address titled, "The Sentencing Commission Looks to the Future" at the Friday evening dinner.

The program's 12 speakers will discuss a variety of legal topics. The speakers include: Jeffry Standen, professor of law at Willamette University; Michael O'Hear, assistant professor of law at Marquette Law School; William S. Laufer, associate professor of legal studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Susan Herman, law professor at Brooklyn Law School; and Frank O. Bowman, III, law professor at Indiana University.

Other program speakers include: Douglas Berman, law professor at The Ohio State University; Stephanos Bibas, assistant professor of law at the University of Iowa; Linda Drazga Maxfield, senior research associate in the Office of Policy Analysis of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; Louis Reedt, acting director of the Office of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; Joseph Hall, clerk for the Honorable James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and Celesta Albonetti.

All meetings will be in the Illinois Room (Room 348) at the Iowa Memorial Union. Meetings on Friday and Saturday begin at 8:30 a.m. The keynote address will be at 6 p.m. and will be at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City. The meeting on Sunday begins at 8 a.m.

The College of Law is an accredited sponsor of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) under the various states' mandatory legal education rules, and attending participants qualify for up to 16.25 hours of CLE credit for participation in the entire three-day symposium.

The registration fee varies by date, as does the CLE credit hours. The registration fee for Friday, June 1 is $50, six CLE credit hours; the cost for the evening's dinner and keynote address is $30 with .75 credit hours. On Saturday, June 2, $60, 6.75 CLE credit hours (fee includes registration for the Sunday, June 3 program, which begins at 8 a.m. with 2.5 hours of CLE credit. There is no registration fee for attendees who are not applying for CLE credit hours.

The price of lunch is not included in any registration fees.

For more information or to register, contact Carolyn Tappan at (319) 335-9089 or fax questions and registration form to (319) 335-9019.