Law Policy Forum Promises ‘Provocative Discussion’ About Mass Incarceration

The Duquesne University School of Law is hosting Law Policy Forum 2016-Mass Incarceration: A Provocative Discussion of the Legal, Constitutional and Social Issues, a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania law schools.

The forum will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 303 of the Duquesne University School of Law. The media are invited to attend.

During the event, a panel of law professors will discuss numerous topics related to incarceration, including immigration; sentencing; prison reform; policing in America and mass incarceration; the new role of social media and video; and race in criminal justice today.

The forum will be moderated by Marie Gottschall, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recent book, Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics. In addition, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

The following law faculty are participants in the forum:

  • Jill E. Family, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
  • David A. Harrisburg, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • John Hollway, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Lauren Ouziel, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Thomas Place, Penn State Dickinson Law
  • John Rago, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Teressa Ravenell, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Leonard N. Sosnov, Widener University Delaware Law School
  • Donald F. Tibbs, Drexel University Kline School of Law
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law University Park.

The schedule for Law Policy Forum 2016-Mass Incarceration is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. Overview of Mass Incarceration in America, Gottschalk
  • 9:15 a.m. Immigration: Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, Wadhia

Immigration Detention, Family          

  • 10:15 a.m. Sentencing: Federal Drug Enforcement and the Limits of Sentencing Reform, Ouziel

Mandatory Sentencing and Parole, Sosnov

  • 11:15 a.m. Expanding Post-Conviction Review, Place
  • 11:45 a.m. From Archie Bunker to IAT: The Role of Race in Criminal Justice Now, Harris
  • 12:30 p.m. Prison Reform, Wetzel
  • 2 p.m. The New Role of Social Media and Video: Body Cameras, Rago Social Media as a Crime Scene: Prosecuting Hip-Hop, Targeting Race, Tibbs
  • 3:15 p.m. Race and Policing in Criminal Justice Today: Racial Biases in Plea Bargaining, Hollway

Section 1983 and Police Conduct, Ravenell.

For more information about the Law Policy Forum, cost and CLE details, visit the Pennsylvania Bar Institute website at:

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