Sentencing White Collar Defendants: How Much Is Enough?

Front Panel

This year’s Wayne Law Review symposium will bring together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, academic experts and a former criminal  on Friday, October 24th, to discuss the topic, “Sentencing White Collar Defendants: How Much Is Enough?”

The free Symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wayne State University Law School, Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer St. The event is open to the public. Parking will be available for $7 (credit and debit cards only) in Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school.

The symposium will look in depth at the issue of how much punishment is enough for white collar criminals. Sentences meted out to convicted defendants are increasing in length, rivalling those given for crimes of violence or large-scale drug dealing. Bernie Madoff received a 150-year sentence for operating a Ponzi scheme that cost investors billions, while R. Alan Stanford was sentenced to 110 years for defrauding investors out of their life savings totaling more than $7 billion. Raj Rajartnam, convicted of trading on inside information, received an 11-year sentence, while Matthew Kluger, a lawyer who revealed confidential information about client deals for years, was sentenced to 12 years.

Recent public corruption cases have seen sentences from 13 years for former Congressman William Jefferson to 28 years for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Do long prison terms for these defendants and their ilk serve the typical goals of criminal punishment: rehabilitation, retribution and deterrence? How should a court weight the appropriate sentence for a defendant who poses little continuing threat to society, yet committed a crime that can have far-reaching consequences? The experts at the symposium will consider these questions and more from all perspectives.

Opening remarks will be at 9 a.m. by Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson; Paul Stewart, editor-in-chief of Wayne Law Review; and Judge Avern Cohn, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Ellen S. Podgor, the Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, will moderate a judicial panel discussion at 9:30 a.m. Panelists will be:

  • Judge Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, who is the former chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Judge Nancy G. Edmunds (Wayne Law class of 1976), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Peter J. Henning, professor of law at Wayne Law and a former federal prosecutor, will moderate an academics panel discussion at 11 a.m. Panelists will be:

  • Sara Sun Beale, Charles L.B. Lowndes Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law
  • Miriam Baer, associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School
  • Mark Osler, professor of law at St. Thomas University Law School
  • Lucian E. Dervan, associate professor of law and director of faculty development at Southern Illinois School of Law

David F. DuMouchel (Wayne Law class of 1975), partner with Butzel Long in Detroit, will moderate a practitioner panel discussion at 1:45 p.m. Panelists will be:

  • Barbara L. McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • David Debold, partner with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.
  • David Schertler, partner with Schertler & Onorato in Washington, D.C.
  • Walter Pavlo, co-author of Stolen Without a Gun and a Forbes contributor

Closing remarks will be given by Symposium Editor Brittney Kohn at 3:45 p.m.

The day will include a continental breakfast, lunch and an evening cocktail and networking reception.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Register at law.wayne.edu/lawreview2014 by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The event is made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Brittney Kohn, Symposium Editor, at symposium_editor@wayne.edu.

We look forward to seeing you on October 24th!

Symposium Live Streaming

The Wayne Law Review Symposium, A Wave of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism, will be available to watch online live for those who are not able to attend. On Friday the 11th, the Symposium will be streaming live at: http://www.wayne.edu/live/.

The Wayne Law Review Symposium is made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.

Wayne Law Review Symposium Press Release

Wayne Law Review’s Symposium, A Wave Of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism, will take place on October 11th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at Wayne Law. See the press release here:

http://media.wayne.edu/2013/09/17/wayne-law-review-symposium-to-focus-on

The Symposium is made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund. 

A Wave of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism

Just a friendly reminder to mark your calendars for Friday October 11, 2013, for the Wayne Law Review Symposium – A Wave of Change: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Michigan’s Constitution and the Evolution of State Constitutionalism, made possible through the support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund. The event will be held from 8am-5pm at Wayne Law. Click here to RSVP!

Write On Competition Information

The Wayne Law Review write-on competition starts May 9! Students interested in taking part in the competition will need to fill out an exam card in the Dean of Students Office and add the ‘Law Review Write On Competition’ course to their TWEN page. If you need additional information or have questions about the process please don’t hesitate to contact Chelsey Marsh at clmarsh@wayne.edu.

The Law of the First Amendment: A Revisit Twenty-One Years Later

On March 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 the Wayne Law Review will present The Law of the First Amendment: A Revisit Twenty-One Years Later, a Constitutional Scholars’ roundtable. Recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Constitutional and First Amendment Law, this event highlights an upcoming article in the Wayne Law Review written by Distinguished Professor of Law, Robert A. Sedler. Twenty years ago, Robert Sedler wrote an article published in the Washington & Lee Law Review, discussing the differences in approach among academia and litigation on The Law of the First Amendment. Anticipated discussion for the event will chronicle those concepts, principles, and doctrines originally explored and as updated in his new work.

Featured guest speakers include:

  • The Honorable Avern L. Cohn Residing Federal Judge at the United States Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Kevin W. Saunders Professor of Law and The Charles Clarke Chair in Constitutional Law, Michigan State University College of Law, and
  • Christopher C. Lund, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, where his principal academic interest is in religious liberty.

Each of our guest speakers will offer his scholarly perspective to help frame the debate on The Law of the First Amendment.

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2013-14 Board Announced

Law Review EBoard 2013

On behalf of the Law Review I would like to congratulate the new members of the 2013-2014 Wayne Law Review Editorial Board.  There were several qualified candidates, and the decision process was difficult. I am confident that these competent leaders will ensure a successful Law Review next year.  Again, congratulations and best of luck next year!

Executive Board

Editor-in-Chief: Lynn Bartkowiak 
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Gotham
Production Editor: Suzanne Sutherland
Executive Articles Editor: Emily Mayer
Executive Note and Comment Editor: Chelsey Marsh
Symposium Editor: Stephanie Eisenberg 
Technology Editor: Angela Strobel 

Note and Comment Editors

Chris Adams
Jane Burke
Josh Noffke
Jessica Russell 
Lauren Saad 

Senior Article Editors

Weiling Chou
Andrew Eurich
Erick Hosner 
Maryam Karnib 
Mark Steiner 
Patrick Tully
Courtney Williams 

Katharine McCarthy
Editor-in-Chief
Wayne Law Review