Friday, July 22, 2016

Professor Dervan's Ted Talk-Inspired Presentation at the Enforcement Maze Conference




In May of 2016, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform held a day-long symposium entitled The Enforcement Maze: Over-Criminalizing American Enterprise.  Here is the description from the NACDL website:

"The day-long symposium featured key leaders from industry, academy, law, and policy across the political spectrum. Together they addressed the rise of overcriminalization, the inappropriate criminalizing of civil and regulatory matters, why laws need criminal intent requirements, fundamental flaws with the plea bargaining process, criminal discovery abuses and inadequacies of the grand jury process, as well as the use of certain pressures associated with enforcement against business and corporate individuals. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte gave the morning keynote address; keynote lunch address was given by former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden; and Senator Orrin Hatch gave closing remarks."

I was honored to give one of two Ted Talk-inspired presentations during the event.  My talk focused on the symbiotic relationship between overcriminalization and plea bargaining.  You can watch the talk here.

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