A Candid Conversation on the State of Criminal Justice

  • October 28, 2015
  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and The Constitution Project.

Join us for a candid conversation on the state of criminal justice, featuring Judge Alex Kozinski, appointed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan in 1985; noted criminal defense lawyer Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Senator Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In his recent article in The Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, “Criminal Law 2.0,” Judge Kozinski observes: “much of the so-called wisdom that has been handed down to us about the workings of the legal system, and the criminal process in particular, has been undermined by experience, legal scholarship and common sense.”  This troubling indictment will serve as the backdrop for a spirited and substantive dialogue.

The discussion will be moderated by Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal affairs correspondent at Slate.


Hon. Alex Kozinski, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights

Dahlia Lithwick (moderator), senior editor and legal correspondent, Slate


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Wine & cheese Reception: 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Discussion: 5:30 - 7:00 pm


Hart Senate Office Building
Room 902
Washington, D.C. 20510
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