The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology held its 2014 Symposium Event, Guns in America, on February 7. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin delivered the Keynote Address. Opening Remarks were delivered by Professor James Lindgren. Next, the event featured a distinguished panel of experts, including Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, University of Chicago criminologists Jens Ludwig and Harold Pollack, and Northwestern Law clinicians Dominique Nong and Stephanie Kollmann.
The Journal's symposium companion issue focusing on Guns in America is forthcoming.
Schedule of Events for the 2014 JCLC Symposium
Friday, February 7, 2014
- 4:15 Welcome (Lincoln Hall, Levy Mayer 104)
- 4:20–4:35 Keynote Address
- 4:35–4:45 Opening Remarks
- 4:45–6:00 Panel Discussion
- 6:15–7:30 Cocktail Reception (Lowden Hall, Levy Mayer 117)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
- Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation.
Durbin also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader, the second highest ranking position in the Senate. Also known as the Majority Whip, Senator Durbin has been elected to this leadership post by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2006. In 2004, he was elected as Minority Whip. Durbin is only the fifth Illinois Senator in history to serve as a Senate leader.
Elected to the U.S. Senate on November 5, 1996, and re-elected in 2002 and 2008, Durbin fills the seat left vacant by the retirement of his long-time friend and mentor, U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Foreign Relations and Rules Committees. He is the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and the Appropriations Committee's Defense subcommittee.
Senator Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington and Illinois. He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. Their family consists of three children--Christine (deceased), Paul and Jennifer--as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Ona and Floyd. They reside in Springfield.
- James Lindgren has a BA from Yale and a J.D. and a Ph.D. in (quantitative) sociology from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the Universities of Chicago, Virginia, and Texas, among others, and published in the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, California, Northwestern, Georgetown, and UCLA Law Reviews. His work on guns includes Fall from Grace: Arming America and the Bellesiles Scandal, 111 Yale L.J. 2195 (2002), and Counting Guns in Early America, 43 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1777 (2002). In Evans v. United States (1992), the U.S. Supreme Court adopted Lindgren's view of the overlap of bribery and federal extortion. He is a cofounder of the Section on Scholarship of the Association of American Law Schools and a former chair of its Section on Social Science and the Law.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
- Since becoming the Cook County Sheriff in 2006, Tom Dart has brought an aggressive, yet innovative approach to law enforcement. A former prosecutor and state legislator, Sheriff Dart has long fought for the rights of others and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society. At the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Sheriff oversees a population of over 12,000 that includes inmates both housed on-site and ordered to alternative programs. From addressing concerns surrounding general overcrowding and a growing mental health population to developing environmentally sustainable initiatives for inmates, Sheriff Dart relentlessly takes whatever steps necessary to improve and maintain the safety and security of all those housed and employed at the Cook County Jail. At the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, assigning specialized gang units has curbed suburban gang activity through their focus on aggressive regional tactical work, backing up smaller suburban police departments unable to handle the crime rates on their own. The internet sex crimes unit, also founded under Dart, actively pursues child pornography and human trafficking cases. In 2009, Time magazine named Sheriff Dart one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, thanks to his groundbreaking efforts. He and his wife Patricia live on Chicago’s South Side and are the proud parents of five young children.
- Stephanie Kollmann manages research and policy reform projects at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic. Her current work focuses on youth in criminal court, as well as youth who are subject to criminal-court-derived sentences, conditions of confinement, or collateral consequences following juvenile court adjudications. Her past collaborations with the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission produced the Youth Reentry Improvement Report (2011), an intensive investigation into Illinois' juvenile parole system, and Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction (2013), an evaluation of Illinois' past progress and future plans for shifting 17-year-olds from the adult criminal system to the juvenile justice system. She is an alum of the Northwestern University School of Law, as well as of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
- Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and co-director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), co-director of the NBER’s Working Group on the Economics of Crime, and member of the MacArthur Foundation’s research network on housing and families. His research has been published in leading scientific journals across a range of disciplines, including Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Journal of Public Health, and the American Journal of Sociology. He is co-author with Philip J. Cook of Gun Violence: The Real Costs (2000; Oxford University Press), co-editor with Cook of Evaluating Gun Policy (2003; Brookings Institution Press), and co-editor with Cook and Justin McCrary of Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (2011; University of Chicago Press). In 2006, he received the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s David Kershaw Prize for contributions to public policy by age 40, and in 2012, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.
- Dominique D. Nong is the first Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation Clinical Fellow in Northwestern Law School's Bluhm Legal Clinic. Her work focuses on developing and implementing projects designed to diminish the great human and financial costs of jail and prison overcrowding. She founded and directs the Pretrial Representation and Corrections Policy course. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. Nong worked as a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, where she advocated for juvenile and criminal justice reforms through multi-pronged strategies involving litigation, education, community mobilization, and legislative advocacy. Ms. Nong is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
- Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration. He is also co-director of The University of Chicago Crime Lab and an executive committee member of the Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the University of Chicago. He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health. His research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Pediatrics, and Social Service Review. A 2012–14 Robert Wood Johnson Investigator in Health Policy Research, Professor Pollack has been appointed to three committees of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before coming to SSA, Professor Pollack was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University and taught Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His writings have appeared in Washington Post, the Nation, the New York Times, New Republic, and other popular publications. His American Prospect essay, “Lessons from an Emergency Room, Nightmare” was selected for the collection Best American Medical Writing, 2009.
- David G. Sigale is the principal of Law Firm of David G. Sigale, P.C., in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, which has counseled and represented corporate and individual clients in Chicagoland and the United States. He practices general and appellate litigation with a focus in civil rights, business disputes, and personal injury and tort law. Mr. Sigale was co-counsel in the landmark case of McDonald v. Chicago, and is also co-counsel in the cases of Ezell v. Chicago (striking down Chicago’s range ban) and Moore v. Madigan (striking down Illinois’ ban on carrying firearms). He represents those seeking to lawfully exercise Second Amendment rights, including legal aliens and those in public housing. He received his J.D. in 1996 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in 1992 from Indiana University – Bloomington. Mr. Sigale has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2012 through 2014, for which only 5% of Illinois attorneys are chosen each year. He was given SAF’s Bill of Rights award in 2011 and was recently selected to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.
Discussion Panel Topics
- The Second Amendment
- Gun access and how it impacts gun crime
- Conceal and carry laws
- Do stand your ground laws lead to more gun violence?
- Sentencing and gun laws
- Youth impacts
- Mental health and guns
- Gun crime as a disease
- Stephen Kiehl, In Search of A Standard: Gun Regulations After Heller and McDonald, 70 Md. L. Rev. 1131 (2011)
- Stephanie Kollmann & Dominique D. Nong, Combating Gun Violence in Illinois: Evidence-Based Solutions (Northwestern Sch. Law Bluhm Legal Clinic, Working Paper), available at http://www.law.northwestern.edu/legalclinic/cfjc/documents/Gun%20Violence%20Memo%20-%20Final.pdf
- District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2009)
- McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S.Ct. 3020 (2010)
- Ezell v. City of Chicago, 651 F.3d 684 (7th Cir. 2011)
- Moore v. Madigan, 702 F.3d 933 (7th Cir. 2012)
- People v. Aguilar, — N.E.2d —, No. 112116, 2013 IL 112116 (Ill. Dec. 19, 2013)
- Coram v. State of Illinois, No. 113867, 2013 IL 113867 (Ill. Sep. 12, 2013)
- Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers v. City of Chicago, — F.Supp.2d —, 2014 WL 31339 (N.D. Ill. Jan 6, 2014)