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Friday, May 29, 2009

LSA, etc

Greetings from glorious Denver. Today was the first day (at least in earnest) of the Law and Society conference.  As I think I mentioned earlier, Alice Ristroph and I used the LSA organizational structure to create a mini crim law conference for about 30 people and 8 panels. The first half of those panels was today and the second half is tomorrow (Friday).  On the punishment theory panel today, we had really interesting papers by John Bronsteen (Happiness and Punishment, with co-authors Masur and Buccafusco), Don Braman (Some Realism about Naturalism, with co-authors Dan Kahan and Dave Hoffman; Don's powerpoint presentation was both effective and hilarious--make sure you invite him to your school for this presentation), Mark D. White (In Consideration of Consequentialist Retributivism), and a less interesting and more inchoate set of remarks by me (Bentham on Stilts? On the Bare Relevance of Subjectivity to Retributivism, co-written with Chad Flanders).  It was definitely one of the best panels I've been on in the last four years, with a really good synergy and engagement by the panelists with each other and with an outstanding set of questions from a great audience at LSA. Every aspect of it was better than I could have hoped for, and I'm grateful to the other panelists and the audience for their thoughtful remarks and participation.

Tomorrow morning, bright and early at 815am, my co-author Jennifer Collins and I will be participating in a "Author Meets Readers" roundtables for our book, Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties.  Tommy Crocker will be chairing the panel, which includes a great group of commentators: Melissa Murray, Don Braman, Naomi Cahn, and last but not least, the incomparable Alice Ristroph. If you're in Denver, we'd love to have you join the conversation. 

Last, if you're in Denver for the few days, make sure you try the great restaurant our panel dined at tonight: Rioja.  The tuna main course and the goat cheese calzone were delish! Thanks to Sam Kamin for the local Denver recon. 

Posted by Administrators on May 29, 2009 at 01:56 AM in Criminal Law, Food and Drink, Privilege or Punish | Permalink


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I used to live in Denver, and this time of year is especially beautiful. You're also there during an exciting time for the city -- the first time in ages that the Nuggets are in the NBA finals. A friend of mine presented at LSA yesterday (Sam Jones of John Marshall-Chicago), and I have heard great things about the conference and the quality of the presentations. Speaking of which, I know yours will be great, and I would certainly attend if I were there.

Posted by: Kelly Anders | May 29, 2009 12:31:29 PM

Welcome to the Mile High City.

Posted by: ohwilleke | May 29, 2009 4:11:19 AM

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