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  • Court Symposium
  • Government

    Concurrent Session E

    Thursday, April 03, 2014 4:30 PM - Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:45 PM

    Hibiscus B

    E6 CRS Curbs Crisis in our Communities

    • Grande Lum, United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service ;
    • Thomas Battles, United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service ;
    • Mildred Duprey de Robles, United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service ;
    • Daphne Felten-Green, United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service
    The four presenters from the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service (“CRS”) will discuss innovative approaches to conflict resolution strategies. For fifty years CRS has resolved disputes including government, law enforcement, educators and community members.  CRS works with today’s conflict challenges, from continuing race issues to transgender and cognitive disability.  This session will show how to apply various dispute resolution techniques when addressing community level conflicts; specifically, where multicultural parties with different interests are impacted.

    Concurrent Session I

    Friday, April 04, 2014 2:30 PM - Friday, April 04, 2014 3:45 PM

    Brickell North/Center

    I3 Making a Deal in Criminal Law - Dispute Resolution Perspectives on Plea Bargaining

    • Cynthia Alkon, Texas A&M University School of Law ;
    • Wesley Oliver, Duquesne University School of Law ;
    • Andrea Schneider, Marquette Law School ;
    • Rishi Batra, Texas Tech University School of Law
    Over 95% of criminal cases in the US result in a guilty plea and prosecutors and defense counsel routinely engage in plea bargaining negotiations.  Yet, despite this, very little work has been done to translate to the criminal context the lessons from other areas of dispute resolution theory and practice.   This panel brings together academics and practitioners to impart practical lessons on how to apply negotiation theory to improve plea bargains, as well as analyze the recent and upcoming Supreme Court jurisprudence in this area and what it will mean for the future of plea bargains.