2018 Conference: The Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions

Friday, February 9, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The University of Texas School of Law
Eidman Courtroom

 REGISTER TO ATTEND by Monday, February 5, 2018.


Registration & Light Breakfast

 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

       Welcome & Framing Remarks

        9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

  • Dr. Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Founder, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Panel 1: Navigating the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges and Convictions

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

In light of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, criminal defense attorneys are required to advise their clients on the potential immigration consequences of criminal convictions. This panel will discuss the complex intersection of criminal law and immigration law from the perspective of practicing attorneys on both sides of the courtroom. Speakers will explore the difficulties inherent in this intersection of these fields of law, how collateral consequences shape the advice they give their clients, and how their practices have changed under the new administration.
  • Stephanie Taylor, Immigration Attorney, Hansen & Taylor, PLLC
  • Adela Meraz, Immigration Specialist, Capital Area Private Defender Service
  • Pedro Villalobos, Assistant County Attorney, Travis County District Attorney’s Office
  • Moderator: Elissa Steglich, Clinical Professor, The University of Texas School of Law

Panel 2: The Reentry Landscape: Issues Faced by People Who are Formerly Incarcerated

10:25 – 11:40 a.m.

This panel brings together activists, practitioners, and criminal justice stakeholders to focus on the challenges faced by people leaving jails and prisons, and others living with criminal justice involvement, as they attempt to reintegrate into their communities. Panelists will survey key obstacles encountered, highlight innovative policy initiatives that seek to break down these barriers, and offer personal accounts of the reentry experience. The discussion will also touch on the role that prevention, pretrial diversion, and alternatives to incarceration can play in reducing systemic barriers to successful reentry.
  • Katherine Katcher, Founder and Executive Director, Root & Rebound, Oakland, CA
  • Rodolfo Perez, Director, Travis County Adult Probation Services
  • Lauren Johnson, Criminal Justice Outreach Coordinator, ACLU of Texas
  • Darwin Hamilton, Board Member, Grassroots Leadership
  • Moderator: Helen Gaebler, Senior Research Attorney, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Lunch Lecture

Citizens Silenced: The Impact of Felon Disenfranchisement Laws on Individuals and Communities

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Dr. S. David Mitchell will discuss the history and current impact of felon disenfranchisement, as well as current reforms around the country that are working to restore the right to vote. Given that more than six million Americans are unable to vote due to a past criminal conviction, and African-Americans are four times more likely to be disenfranchised than other groups, the implication for our democratic norms and processes will be a central theme of this lecture.
  • Dr. S. David Mitchell, Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law, University of Missouri

Closing Remarks

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

 REGISTER TO ATTEND by Monday, February 5, 2018.

Sponsored by: Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, American Journal on Criminal Law, and the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable.

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