Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Inaugural Conference

Inaugural Conference

10:30am University of Minnesota Law School

In fall of 2011 the Robina Insitute opened its doors and began its work with the inaugural conference, “Rethinking Criminal Justice.” The conference brought together local, national, and internationally prominent scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to discuss the current state of the criminal justice system, to identify the most pressing topics at hand, and to help refine the Institute’s work going forward.

The conference revolved around the Institute’s three program areas−criminal justice policy, criminal law theory, and sentencing law adn practice−and featured experts from each field. It was an engaging prelude to the multi-disciplinary conversations and explorations the institute hopes to spark.

  • Carol Stieker
  • Julian Roberts
  • Pamela Alexander
  • Group Shot
  • John Choi
  • Sandra Marshall
  • Adil Haque and Tanguay Renaud
  • Jamie Fellner
  • Michael Tonry
  • Barry Feld and Jeff Fagan
  • Kevin Reitz


Friday November 11


Welcome and Introduction


Criminal Justice Policy Panel

John Choi, Mike Freeman, Jamie Fellner, Andrew Sonner


Sentencing Law and Policy Panel

Anthony Doob, Robert Johnson, Nancy King


Criminal Law Theory Panel

Pamela Alexander, Adil Haque, Carol Steiker

Saturday November 12

9:00am - 1:00pm

Discussion: future plans and collaborations

Speakers & Moderators

  • Anthony Doob Anthony Doob

    Professor, University of Toronto

  • Robert M. A. Johnson Robert M. A. Johnson

    Ret. Anoka County Prosecutor, Minnesota

  • Nancy King Nancy King

    Professor, Vanderbilt Law School

  • John J. Choi John J. Choi

    Ramsey County Attorney, Minnesota

  • Jamie Fellner Jamie Fellner

    Senior Advisor, US Human Rights Watch

  • Michael O. Freeman Michael O. Freeman

    Hennepin County Attorney, Minnesota

  • Andrew Sonner Andrew Sonner

    Former Judge, Maryland Court of Special Appeals

  • Hon. Pamela Alexander Hon. Pamela Alexander

    Judge, Fourth Judicial District Court

  • Adil Haque Adil Haque

    Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Law

  • Carol Steiker Carol Steiker

    Professor, Harvard Law School


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