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The Catholic University Of America Columbus School of Law
presents a panel discussion

Smart on Crime:
A New Era of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Holeman Lounge
The National Press Club
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045


With more than two million adults and juveniles behind bars, the United States leads the world in its rate of incarceration. Mass incarceration in America is a function of many “tough on crime” policies and practices of the last few decades. Today, academics, policymakers and politicians recognize that these outdated practices are far too costly for our nation both in terms of taxpayer dollars and in terms of human capital. Some states have explored early release programs, the abolition of the death penalty and decriminalization and diversion efforts. Criminal justice reform is emerging as a truly bipartisan issue.

Please join us for a discussion of this new dynamic, during which our expert panelists will address a range of topics, including the role of executive clemency, sentencing reform, and the need for policies that contemplate inmates’ successful re-entry into society. 



Hon. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.

Gov. Ehrlich is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding, where he advises clients on policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. He has served as governor of Maryland (2003-07), four-term U.S. congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator. His achievements as governor include turning a budget deficit into a surplus, impressive private sector job growth, and record investment in public education. Gov. Ehrlich authored the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act, supported new transportation projects and toughened penalties for sex offenders and drunk driving. He also focused attention on clemency and pardons, reviewing requests on a case-by-case basis and earning national recognition for his approach that helped free wrongly convicted defendants. Gov. Ehrlich created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Margaret Colgate Love

Margaret Colgate Love practices law in Washington, D.C. and specializes in executive clemency and restoration of rights, sentencing and corrections policy, and legal and government ethics. Her scholarship focuses on pardon policy and practice, as well as collateral consequences of criminal convictions. Ms. Love served as the U.S. Pardon Attorney between 1990 and 1997, during which time she was responsible for the Justice Department’s executive clemency program. She currently represents applicants for presidential pardons and sentence commutations, as well as applicants for state relief from the collateral consequences of conviction. Ms. Love also directs the ABA National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction.
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Edwin Meese III

Edwin Meese III holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research and education institution.  He is also the Chairman Emeritus of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, California. Mr. Meese served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988.  From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Meese held the position of Counselor to the President, the senior position on the White House Staff, where he functioned as the President’s chief policy advisor.  Prior to that, Mr. Meese served as Governor Reagan’s Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff in California and as his Legal Affairs Secretary. In the latter position, he was responsible for advising the Governor on matters of executive clemency. 
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Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA)

Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott is currently serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Virginia’s Third District.  Rep. Scott serves on the Committee on the Judiciary and is a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Rep. Scott has an impressive legislative record in the criminal justice arena. In 2010, he successfully led efforts in the House to pass the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity from a ratio of 100:1 to 18:1.  Rep. Scott has also led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and crime prevention legislation and is doing so now by sponsoring the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to state and local governments for evidenced-based strategies and programs to prevent juvenile crime. 
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