“Attendees will gain a unique perspective on the War on Drugs and the changing policies involved,”

Wayne Law Review will be hosting its annual symposium on March 24. The topic this year is “The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization and Evolving Drug Policy.”

According to the event page, the symposium will consist of three panel discussions.

Blanche Cook, assistant professor of law, will moderate the first discussion, which will cover the historical context of mass incarceration, the war on drugs and drug policy.

Cook said she chose the topic because it’s a pressing topic for students and administrators.

“We want our students to understand the multidimensional complexity of laws and public policy making,” she said. “Adding texture to this complexity will be compelling for them as law students and practitioners.”

Kristen Barnes, an associate professor of law from the University of Akron School of Law, will moderate the second discussion, which will cover the intersectionality of mass incarceration, the war on drugs and drug policy.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a research analyst from The Sentencing Project, will moderate the third discussion, and it will be on “Transformative Change and Intersectional Policy Solutions.”

According to the event page, each panel discussion will feature judges, scholars and practitioners from across the United States and a question and answer session will follow each discussion.

“Recent national attention given to increased opioid addiction, pain management and the criminal legal system has incentivized the legal community to re-examine the war on drugs and other matters such as aggressive policing, prosecutorial discretion, excessive bail and all of the collateral consequences of such practices,” according to the event page.

“Attendees will gain a unique perspective on the War on Drugs and the changing policies involved,” said Nicole Sappingfield, symposium director and an editor of Wayne Law Review.

Sappingfield, who will deliver the closing remarks, said she is excited to meet every panelist during the networking reception at the end of the event, including Judge Denise Page Hood, who is the keynote speaker

“I expect to learn a great amount from what she has to say,” Sappingfield said.

Lauren Potocsky, the editor-in-chief of Wayne Law Review, said attendees of the event can expect to witness beneficial dialogue between the scholars and practitioners on this “important and timely topic.”

Potocsky thanked the Cohn Family for allowing Wayne Law Review to host the symposium.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Cohn Family Endowed Fund, [we are able to] host a symposium annually, and each year we publish a corresponding symposium issue that highlights the symposium’s topic,” Potocsky said.

Students who would like to attend can RSVP for the event. The free event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium and will include continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information about Wayne Law Review, the symposium and Wayne Law, visit law.wayne.edu

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