Duquesne University School of Law

Law Policy Forum Promises ‘Provocative Discussion’ About Mass Incarceration

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Duquesne Law will host the 2016 “Law Policy Forum," Mass Incarceration: A Provocative Discussion of the Legal, Constitutional and Social Issues, a one-day event on March 31 sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pennsylvania law schools.

The panel will include the following faculty members: 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; and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law University Park.

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


A variety of topics related to incarceration will be discussed, 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.


Thursday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See detailed schedule below.


Duquesne University School of Law, Hanley Hall, Room 303, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh


To provide viewpoints from leading legal experts on mass incarceration and its impact on society



9 – 9:15 a.m.
Overview of Mass Incarceration in America – Prof. Gottschalk

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                   
Immigration: Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases –  Prof. Wadhia
Immigration Detention – Prof. Family         

10:15 – 11 a.m.                      
Sentencing: Federal Drug Enforcement and the Limits of Sentencing Reform – Prof Ouziel
Mandatory Sentencing and Parole – Prof. Sosnov

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Expanding Post-Conviction Review – Prof. Place

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
From Archie Bunker to IAT: The Role of Race in Criminal Justice Now – Prof. Harris

12:30 – 2 p.m.                        
Prison Reform – Sec. John Wetzel

2 – 3 p.m.                               
The New Role of Social Media and Video: Body Cameras – Prof. Rago
Social Media as a Crime Scene: Prosecuting Hip-Hop, Targeting Race – Prof. Tibbs

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.                    
Race and Policing in Criminal Justice Today: Racial Biases in Plea Bargaining – Prof. Hollway
Section 1983 and Police Conduct – Prof. Ravenell

Additional information about the Law Policy Forum can be found on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute website.

Media coverage is invited. The on-site media contact for this event is Rose Ravasio, Duquesne University media relations manager. Ravasio can be reached at 412-396-6051, 412-818-0234 (cell) or ravasio@duq.edu.

Source: Pennsylvania Bar Association, 100 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17108

Faculty Referenced In Article

John Rago, J.D.Associate Professor of Law