For Immediate Release:  Feb 8, 2008
2008, 02, 08

Judge John Gleeson to Speak at Annual Howard and Iris Kaplan Memorial Lecture

Judge John Gleeson to Speak at Annual Howard and Iris Kaplan Memorial Lecture

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — One of the greatest challenges the judiciary currently faces is sentencing and prosecutorial discretion in the aftermath of the landmark 2005 decision United States v. Booker (543 U.S. 220) declaring the federal sentencing guidelines advisory only. At issue is whether prosecutors have the power to make sentence bargains with defendants' counsel and judges that are outside the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Federal Judge John Gleeson will address these issues in a lecture entitled &quota;The Sentencing Commission and Prosecutorial Discretion: The Role of Courts in Policing Sentence Bargains.&quota; The program, part of the annual Howard and Iris Kaplan Memorial Lecture, takes place on February 13, 2008 at 11:10 a.m. in Hofstra Law School's Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom (room 308). The event is open to the public.

Judge John Gleeson is a United States District Judge from the Eastern District of New York. Prior to assuming his role in the judiciary, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for over 10 years and served as Chief of Appeals, Chief of Special Prosecutions, Chief of Organized Crime and Chief of the Criminal Division. Judge Gleeson is currently the chair of the Defenders Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

The goal of the Kaplan Lecture Series is to bring jurists of distinction and prominence to the Law School to address students, faculty, alumni and the legal community on important and timely legal issues. The Kaplan Memorial Lecture Series was established by Tony Kaplan, an alumnus of Hofstra Law School, to honor his parents. Howard Kaplan was a prominent attorney whose legal career was characterized by devotion to the highest standards of the profession. Iris Kaplan, his wife, was an enthusiastic supporter of the lecture series. The lecture series is supported by an endowment established by the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.

General public may R.S.V.P. to Dawn Marzella at lawdmm@hofstra.edu or (516) 463-6889.

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