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March 24, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Wayne State University Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Wayne Law Review presents the 2016-17 Symposium, "The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization, and Evolving Drug Policy." 

The symposium will consist of a series of panel discussions where scholars, judges, and practitioners will address mass incarceration, overcriminalization, evolving drug policies, and sentencing decisions. 

Recent national attention given to increased opioid addiction, pain management, and the criminal legal system have incentivized judges, lawyers, and scholars to re-examine the war on drugs, aggressive policing of the precarity, prosecutorial discretion, legal categorization of crimes, excessive bail, civil asset forfeiture, court fees and fines, and all the collateral consequences of such practices. This day-long symposium will present multiple perspectives on these timely issues and generate new intersectional solutions.

Denise Page Hood, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, will be the keynote speaker. She was confirmed as a district court judge in 1994 and became chief judge on Jan. 1, 2016. She presides over criminal and civil matters. She has received numerous honors, including the 2016 Damon J. Keith Soul and Spirit Humanitarian Award and the 2014 D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award. Hood is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law.

Complete conference details

The conference is free to attend, but registration is required by March 17. Register here. 

This symposium is made possible by generous funding from the Cohn Family Endowed Fund.

For more information about this event, please contact Nicole Sappingfield at or nicole.sappingfield@wayne.edu.