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Corporate Investigations, Government Ethics Among Criminal Law Topics Explored at ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO, July 16, 2009 – As the financial crisis continues to unfold, the criminal justice system has been reevaluating its corporate investigations procedures. Government ethics, limits to corporate investigations and life sentences inside and outside the juvenile justice system are among topics of key criminal law programs featured at the _ 2009 Annual Meeting, July 30 – Aug 4, in Chicago.
 
With more than 1,500 top quality legal programs and events, and presentations by the foremost law experts and speakers, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals.
 
The 555-member House of Delegates will meet on Aug. 3 and 4 in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom, Gold Level, East Tower to consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions.  During the Aug. 3 meeting, Holder will address the delegates and William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the William and Melinda Gates Foundation, will receive the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor.
 
Among policies to be debated by the House is a plan to facilitate increased legal aid to persons facing crisis from the recession. Other proposals urge repeal of a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal marital benefits and protections to lawfully married same-sex spouses; call on Congress to approve a national study of the state of criminal justice aiming to reduce crime and incarceration, save tax dollars, enhance fairness and increase public confidence in criminal justice. 
 
For details and updates on these and more than two dozen proposals for debate and vote by the House, check this site. 
 
Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever.  Credential guidelines are at www.abanews.org/credentials.html. 
 
Among criminal law program highlights are:
 
Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Public Corruption Investigations & Government Ethics
This panel discussion – moderated by the Chair of the Illinois Reform Commission and featuring a highly regarded federal judge, Department of Justice Public Integrity prosecutor and noted defense counsel and ethics expert – will address issues that arise in high profile public corruption cases, including important ethical issues. Topics to be addressed include the corruption trial of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and issues arising in Illinois corruption cases involving George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich and Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
July 30, 10:30 a.m. – noon., Regency Ballroom D, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Life Sentences: Inside and Outside the Justice System
Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law professor and advisor to President Barack Obama, will moderate a discussion about life sentences inside and outside the juvenile justice system. This November the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the life sentence without possibility of parole for juveniles. Professor Ogletree will lead a discussion about the case before the Court, and also address the collateral consequences juveniles face for the rest of their life after they have completed their sentences successfully.
July 30, 11a.m. –  1p.m., 315 South Plymouth Court, Room 300, John Marshall Law School
 
Feds Times 50-50 State Attorneys Going After Your Company: Responding Successfully to Complex Multi-State Regulatory Compliance and Investigation
Today’s regulatory environment has evolved dramatically. State regulators increasingly consider regional or national trends as they exercise their regulatory authority. Indeed, they now routinely share information and regulatory practices with their peers across the country. This program will discuss how forward-thinking companies no longer deal with the entire company, or by regions, in order to succeed with their business objectives and be effective in their industry. Presented will be a step-by-step guide to best practices in preparing for and responding to multi-state regulatory compliance and investigations.
July 31, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Regency Ballroom D, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Government Litigators: How Far Must They Go to Seek Justice
Both criminal prosecutors and civil government litigators are said to have a duty to “seek justice.” But the concept of “seeking justice” is ill-defined, and it is unclear whether, and to what extent, the amorphous duty includes obligations of candor and restraint that are not explicitly codified in rules of professional responsibility and other law. Through an interactive discussion of hypothetical cases, the panel and audience will explore how, ethically and professionally, the duty to “seek justice” sets government litigators apart from lawyers litigating on behalf of private clients and potentially establishes different professional expectations for government litigators
Aug. 1, 3:45 –  5:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom E, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Among other programs:
 
HIV and the Rule of Law: Should HIV Testing Be Mandatory in Incarcerated Settings?
July 31, 2-3:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom D, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Dropping In: Barriers and Solutions to Youth Re-Enrollment in Education
July 31, 1:30 – 3 p.m., 315 South Plymouth Court, Rooms 200/201, John Marshall Law School
 
Annual Review of Supreme Court Decisions – Criminal Cases
July 30, 3:45 – 5:15, Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Investigations in a Time of Financial Meltdown: What is the New Normal?
Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Regency Ballroom C, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
The Future of Evidence: Neuroscience and its Use in the Courtroom
Aug. 1, 3:45 – 5:15 p.m., Regency Ballroom B, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
Executive Behind Bars – When Are Criminal Sanctions Appropriate?
July 30, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Plaza Ballroom A, Lobby Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
 
The Juvenile Justice System: Identification of the Problems of Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, Related Mental Illness and the Involvement of the Criminal
July 30, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Grand Ballroom II/III, Ballroom Level, Swissotel
 
The Juvenile Justice System: What Reforms Need to be Initiated
July 30, 10 – 11:15 a.m., Grand Ballroom II/III, Ballroom Level, Swissotel
 
The Juvenile Justice System: Developing and Implementing Effective Strategies and Problems
July 30, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom II/III, Ballroom Level, Swissotel
 
An Inside Look at Juvenile Justice Through the Voices of Youth – How Should Attorneys, Judges and Advocates Rehabilitate the System?
July 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom II/III, Ballroom Level, Swissotel
 
During the Annual Meeting, a press room for working journalists will be set up at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower, and will be open for on-site media registration at 8 a.m. on July 30.  Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 4.
 
With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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