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The Catholic University Law Review is pleased to announce its annual symposium, Assessing Graham v. Florida at the Ten-Year Mark: Progress and the Prospects for Ongoing Juvenile Sentencing Reform.

Three Supreme Court decisions in the last decade have dramatically reshaped the treatment of juveniles in our criminal justice system. In Graham v. Florida (2010), the Court held that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without parole (LWOP) for non-homicide crimes. Two years later, in Miller v. Alabama (2012), the Court held that even juveniles convicted of homicide may not be sentenced to mandatory LWOP. Finally, in Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016), the Court held that Miller was retroactively applicable, thereby entitling several thousand individuals to a resentencing hearing at which their youth and all its mitigating attributes would be taken into account. These cases not only significantly curbed the uniquely American practice of sentencing minors to LWOP, but also, together they stand for the proposition that children are different for purposes of sentencing.

Ten years after the landmark decision in Graham, this symposium will explore the impact that these cases have had on juvenile sentencing in the LWOP context and more broadly. The first of three panels will include practitioners who can provide a firsthand perspective on resentencing hearings and how they are playing out in courtrooms across the country. The second panel will consider the legislative effects of Graham and will include policymakers working on the ground to pursue related juvenile sentencing reforms. Finally, the closing panel will afford attendees an opportunity to hear directly from individuals affected by Graham, that is, those who were sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles and have now come home.

The symposium is scheduled for February 5, 2021 and will be held virtually.  Further updates will be provided periodically.


Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: The State of Military Justice in 2020

The Law Review invited distinguished speakers to discuss the history of the military justice system, the rights of the accused, and sexual assault victims in the military.

The event opened with introductory remarks from Kara Marie Urban (3L), Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 69. Urban was followed by Dean Stephen C. Payne who introduced The Honorable Scott W. Stucky, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, to deliver the keynote address. Continue reading here

Celebrating the 230th Anniversary of the Judiciary Act of 1789 and Reflecting on the Challenges of Our Federal Justice System
Students, faculty, and practitioners had the opportunity to hear from experts regarding the current state of our federal judicial system and consider the major challenges the Third Branch faces in ensuring justice in the future.

The February 1 event opened with introductory remarks by McKenzie Miller (3L), Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review Vol. 68. The program consisted of two panel discussions and a keynote speech from The Honorable Barbara J. Rothstein, United States District Judge and former Director of the Federal Judicial Center. Continue reading here

FISA & the 4th Amendment: A Review of the 4th Amendment Implications in Foreign & Domestic Surveillance
Students, faculty, and practitioners heard from experts about the recent developments involving FISA and its impact on national security, civil liberties, and the Fourth Amendment. 

The January 26 event opened with introductory remarks by Thomas Gentry (3L), Editor-in-Chief of the Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 67, and CUA Law Professor Megan La Belle. The program consisted of two panel discussions and a keynote speech from Elizabeth (Liza) Goitein.

Goitein, who co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program at New York University School of Law, discussed the impact that FISA has had on modern society and advancements in surveillance techniques. Continue reading here.