Reflections on the Future of American Criminal Law

2023 Symposium | March 16, 2023

The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is excited to invite you to our 2023 Symposium, entitled Reflections on the Future of American Criminal Law. Through four panel discussions, we plan to cover a variety of topics relating to the future of the criminal law landscape and the impact on those affected by the criminal legal system.

To attend:

  • In person, please register at this link.
  • Virtually, please register at this link.

CLE Credit

This program has been approved for 4 general CLE credit hours in Illinois. To receive Illinois CLE credit, please fill out this survey certifying your attendance no later than March 30th, 2023. Late requests for credit cannot be accommodated. Requests submitted before the program date will not be accepted. This program is only approved for CLE credit in Illinois. If you would like an attendance certificate to use when you self-apply for credit in another state, please indicate this on the survey.

Agenda: Thursday, March 16, 2023 

All panels will occur in the Thorne Auditorium.

9:00 – 9:30 AM | Introductory Remarks and Introductions

Light Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 AM | Panel 1: The Political Process in Criminal Legal Reform with

Professor Zachary Price – UC College of Law, San Francisco 

Contributing Author, Is the Political Process in Criminal Law Becoming More Trustworthy? (forthcoming 2023) 

Professor Michael Serota – Loyola Law School 

Contributing Author, The Evolution of Criminal Law Reform (forthcoming 2023) 

Professor Andrew D. Leipold – University of Illinois College of Law 


Professor David E. Olson – Loyola University Chicago


Ben Ruddell – Criminal Justice Attorney, ACLU of Illinois 


Moderated by Professor Xiao Wang

10:45 – 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Panel 2: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the Era of Abortion Regulation with:

Professor Darryl K. Brown – University of Virginia School of Law

Contributing Author, Extraterritorial Enforcement of State Criminal Law, post-Dobbs (forthcoming 2023) 

Amanda Gvozden – Northwestern J.D. and Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Studies


Ameri Klafeta – Director of the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project, ACLU of Illinois 


Moderated by Professor Deborah Tuerkheimer 

11:50 – 12:30 PM | Break for Lunch

12:30 – 1:25 PM | Keynote Address 

Professor Jessica Eaglin – Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law 

1:30 – 2:45 PM | Panel 3: Constitutional Defenses and Challenges in Criminal Law with:

Professor Nadia Banteka – University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 

Professor Brian Slocum – University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 

Contributing Authors, Fair Notice and Criminalizing Abortions (forthcoming 2023)

Professor Maciej Hulicki – Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University 

Professor Melanie Reid – Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law

Contributing Authors, The Rule of Lenity as a Disruptor (forthcoming 2023) 

Professor Maria Hawilo – Loyola University Chicago


Renai Rodney – Counsel, Ropes & Gray


Moderated by Professor Heidi Kitrosser 

2:45 – 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 – 3:45 PM | Panel 4: A New Theory to Limit Criminalization with:

Professor Raff Donelson – Chicago-Kent College of Law 

Contributing Author, Forbidden Purposes: A New Path for Limiting Criminalization (forthcoming 2023) 

Quinn K. Rallins – Attorney, Loevy & Loevy Chicago 


Professor Michael Serota – Loyola Law School


Alexa Van Brunt – Director, MacArthur Justice Center


Moderated by Professor Sheila Bedi

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

The 2023 symposium is sponsored by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Academy for Justice. The Academy for Justice bridges the gap between academia and on-the-ground criminal justice reform efforts by acting as a conduit between scholarly research and ideas and criminal justice policymakers, stakeholders, journalists, and the public. We would like to thank the Academy for their support of this event and its success.

The symposium event this year is also sponsored in part by Northwestern’s ACLU Chapter! We thank you for the generous support and time put toward this event.

This symposium is supported by the Irving Gordon Symposia Fund, established in 1996 by the Gordon family, Northwestern alumni, and friends to honor the memory of Irving Gordon, a graduate of the class of 1947, and a beloved faculty member of the Law School from 1966 until his death in 1994. 

This symposium is sponsored by the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. The use of Northwestern University facilities for this event does not constitute an endorsement by the University. The views of those invited to speak on campus are the views of the speaker and not of Northwestern University. Northwestern University does not endorse or oppose any candidate or organization in connection with this or any other political campaign or election.