Rethinking the War on Drugs Symposium

Rethinking the War on Drugs
A Symposium

Sponsored by the Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation

Co-Sponsored by Northwestern University School of Law and The Harvard Club of Chicago

February 20-21, 2014

Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago (In Person) and Webcast Live and Delayed

Free Attendance Offer to Law School Students

The Seventh Circuit Bar Association Foundation has assembled an all-star faculty of judges, prosecutors, medical personnel, professors, government officials, economists and journalists for a vigorous “rethinking” of the War on Drugs, which began in 1971.

Federal and state governments have recently been reexamining drug laws and policies, many of which are legacies of the War on Drugs. High profile manifestations of these reexaminations include state initiatives to de-criminalize marijuana, Attorney General Holder’s August 2013 announcement of a change in federal prosecutorial policy on drug offenses, and legislation pending in Congress to address mandatory minimum sentences.

The two day symposium will address federal and state criminal laws for possession, use and sale of drugs; law enforcement, prosecutorial discretion and sentencing for same; addiction programs; prison populations; social fabric of communities in which drug use is high; drug economics; and foreign policy directed at drug source.

In addition to a live in-person audience, the symposium will be webcast simultaneously and delayed. Application for continuing legal education credit will be made. As the symposium is substantially underwritten by foundations and law firms, it is priced to encourage attendance.

Admission will be free to law students (ten per law school in person, and unlimited numbers webcast). Delayed webcast will be available in segments for ease of interest group and classroom use.

We invite you to review the symposium description at If interest groups or classes at your law school are interested, please send an email to and arrangements will be made.


Submitted by Academic Affairs on February 3, 2014

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