The Connecticut Law Review hosts an annual Symposium on a topic selected by the Law Review’s membership. The Law Review invites law faculty, practitioners, and other scholars from across the United States and throughout the world to participate in each Symposium. In addition to the Symposium held on-campus, Connecticut Law Review also publishes a corresponding print Issue in each Volume that aggregates the work of each of the participants.  Click here for a list of past symposiums.

Volume 48 Symposium: The Other One Percent:  Prison Reform from Sentencing to Parole

Every fall, the Connecticut Law Review presents a symposium during which distinguished guests from across the country discuss a timely and relevant topic in the law.  Amid growing efforts in Connecticut and the nation to reform our criminal justice system, the annual Connecticut Law Review symposium will convene three panels focusing on key stages of a convicted individual’s experience. The first panel will focus on sentencing, with specific attention to such issues as discretion in state and federal sentencing and the purpose and efficacy of various sentencing regimes. The second panel will be on prison conditions, examining topics related to inmate mental health, the use and abuse of solitary confinement, and prisoner access to courts through the Prison Litigation Reform Act. The final panel will focus on community reintegration, analyzing federal and state efforts to improve ex-offenders’ access to employment opportunities, affordable housing, and adequate health services.

(1) Keynote Address (9:20-10:00am)

  • Governor Dannel Malloy

(2) Sentencing Panel (10:15am-12:00pm)

  • AUSA (TBA), United States Attorney’s Office, D. Conn.
  • The Honorable Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School, D. Mass. (ret.)
  • Sarah Russell, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • The Honorable Stefan Underhill, D. Conn.
  • Moderator:  Todd Fernow, University of Connecticut School of Law

(3) Prison Conditions Panel (1:15-3:00pm)

  • Brett Dignam, Columbia Law School
  • Keramet Reiter, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley Law
  • Dr. Robert Trestman, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Moderator:  Susan Schmieser, University of Connecticut School of Law

(4) Reentry Panel (3:15-5:00pm)

  • Luke Bronin, former General Counsel to Governor Malloy
  • James Forman, Yale Law School
  • Marc Meredith, University of Pennsylvania Political Science Department
  • J.J. Prescott, University of Michigan Law School
  • Moderator:  Doug Spencer, University of Connecticut School of Law

The Symposium will be held on Friday, November 6th, 2015 in the University of Connecticut School of Law Starr Reading Room.  Issue 4 of Volume 48 of the Connecticut Law Review will consist of articles by the attending panelists.  Please RSVP at

Please see for more information and a complete schedule for Volume 48 Symposium.