For Immediate Release

Reforming Law and Justice Policies in the Next Administration

ACS Releases Proposals and Hosts Discussion on ideas for either party


WHAT: On Thursday, Oct. 15,
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) will release
a package of proposals for a new administration - of either party - on
law justice policies and conduct a panel discussion on the topics. The
package includes policy changes recommended by former Attorney General
Janet Reno, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and a number of other former
Justice Department officials and academic experts in the field. The
proposals, contained in more than two dozen papers, cover an array of
law and justice policy issues, including: the Department of Justice's
role in civil rights enforcement, criminal justice, liberty security
and the rule of law in a post-9-11 era, environmental policy, workplace
fairness, government transparency and the regulatory process. Many of
the proposals appear in the new editions of two ACS journals, The Harvard Law & Policy Review and Advance: The Journal of the ACS Issue Groups.


Introduction, Lisa Brown, ACS Executive Director
Opening remarks,
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, 1995-1999; Associate Counsel to the President, 1992-1995

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Professor of Law and Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, Stanford Law School
Sally Katzen,
Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 1999-2001 and
Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in
OMB, 1993-1998
Deborah Pearlstein, LAPA Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
William Yeomans, Chief Counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Oct. 16, 2008. Lunch will be served.

The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor, 529 14th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20045

RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to



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