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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Guilty Minds: A Virtual Conference on Mens Rea and Criminal Justice Reform, September 25-26, 2020

The following post is by Michael Serota, who is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Deputy Associate Director of the Academy for Justice.     


Why does the criminal law care about mental states, and do they have a role to play in criminal justice reform?  Come join the Academy for Justice and the Arizona State Law Journal next Friday and Saturday for an extended conversation about mens rea policy and reform. 

The discussions will revolve around a collection of papers that will be published in a special symposium issue of the Arizona State Law Journal.  Topics that will be covered include: strict liability, felony murder, complicity, intoxication, mental illness, willful blindness, ignorance of wrongdoing, malice, hate crimes, statutory interpretation, and the politics of mens rea reform.  For balance and diversity of perspective, every conference panel will include a mix of criminal law scholars and practitioners.  To maximize the opportunities for group discussion, conference panelists have pre-recorded video presentations.  

All aspects of this event are open to the public.  The event will be broadcast via Zoom webinar on September 25-26, 2020 from 9am to 3pm PST.  To attend,  please register here.  The conference papers and presentations are available on the conference website, which has additional details—including a list of the more than 30 scholars and practitioners participating in the event.

Additionally, the Academy for Justice is sponsoring two different student competitions in conjunction with the event.  More details about those contests (please share with your students!) can be found here.

Posted by Ethan Leib on September 17, 2020 at 12:32 PM | Permalink


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