Getting it Right on Crime

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum September 24, 03:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Until recently prisons have been the sacred cows in state budgets. They are the second fastest growing item in state budgets, second only to Medicaid. Conservative leaders in several states have enacted reforms that have saved billions by reserving costly prison beds for violent offenders, while punishing non-violent offenders in community programs, without increasing their crime rates. Do these reforms provide a roadmap for other states and the federal government?

Marc Levin, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Pat Nolan of the American Conservative Union Foundation, are leaders of Right on Crime, a movement of conservatives working with the states to provide conservative and fiscally responsible solutions to their criminal justice problems. They will describe the specific reforms that have been utilized in states such as Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio to cut their prison costs while also driving the crime rates down.

  • Marc A. Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Pat Nolan, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Reform, The American Conservative Union

Federal Monitoring of Local Policing

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Teleforum September 25, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Is it within a federal court's authority to order local police officers to wear video cameras in an effort to create an "objective record" of police activity, as occurred last summer in New York City? What is the basis and is it advisable for the Department of Justice to impose reforms on local police activity via consent decrees or other means (see here and here)? What should we make of lawsuits, such as the one filed by police officers rejecting such oversight in Seattle? Are they attempts to vindicate the sovereignty of their own policing, or do they gloss over the serious problems in law enforcement that would go otherwise unchecked without federal involvement? Our experts will answer these and other questions.

  • Prof. William G. Otis, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Samuel Walker, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - September 2014

Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Teleforum September 26, 11:00 AMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

Members of the Federalist Society’s Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Executive Committee will provide an update on recent important activity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on this Teleforum conference call. Recent developments include a Washington Examiner article titled “Revolving Door at Regulator CFPB Enables Former Bureaucrats to Cash In at Taxpayers’ Expense”, the repeal of the bank regulators credit practices rules and the simultaneous warning that agencies will still enforce them, the CFPB’s barring the sale of student loans by Corinthian Colleges Inc., a CFPB report promoting “financial wellness” in the workplace, the CFPB's announcement that it will hold a field hearing on auto finance on September 18 in Indianapolis, and the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would invalidate the CFPB’s March, 2013 auto finance guidance and require the CFPB to proceed, if it chooses to do so, by rulemaking.

  • Julius L. Loeser, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law