All posts by Cynthia Alkon

Collaborative Law Conference and Call for Papers

Hofstra Law School will hold a conference on “Collaborative Law: Opportunities, Challenges and Questions for the Future” on November 19 and 20, 2009. The conference announcement states: “The conference will cover topics in Collaborative Law in the context of legal ethics and professional responsibility, mediation, arbitration and other ADR processes, access to justice and vulnerable … Continue reading Collaborative Law Conference and Call for Papers

Restorative Justice Conference in Missouri for Missouri

The Restorative Justice in Adult Courts Committee of the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition is sponsoring a symposium on Restorative Justice in Adult Criminal Courts on Friday Nov. 13, 2009, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  During the morning plenary session experts in the field, both academics and practitioners, will present papers on restorative justice in adult courts.  The workshops in … Continue reading Restorative Justice Conference in Missouri for Missouri

What are their interests? Negotiating with North Korea

North Korea recently sentenced two U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to 12 years of hard labor for illegally crossing the North Korean border.  By all accounts imprisonment in North Korea, especially in a labor camp, is horrible and potentially life-threatening.  The question now is whether their early release can be negotiated.    This … Continue reading What are their interests? Negotiating with North Korea

Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

Earlier this month the first drug court in the USA, in Dade County Florida, marked its 20th birthday. Many newspapers observed the anniversary and published what are now fairly commonplace stories about successful participants—along with a new twist of possible drug court closures due to tough economic times. At this point one third of all … Continue reading Happy Therapeutic Birthday: The First Drug Court Turns 20

It Just Isn’t Fair: Why Defendants Reject “Good” Plea Bargain Deals

Many years ago, when I was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles, I represented a client charged with sales of crack cocaine as a third strike.  This meant he was facing 25 years to life in prison.  My client had no defense and did not deny the charge.  The prosecutor offered to “strike a … Continue reading It Just Isn’t Fair: Why Defendants Reject “Good” Plea Bargain Deals

Restorative Justice in Texas and Beyond

This week academics and practitioners will join together at the 2nd National Conference on Restorative Justice:  “Mainstreaming Restorative Justice: Empowering Communities, Restoring Responsibility” at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on May 13-15, 2009. According to the website:  “The National Conference on Restorative Justice will feature four primary program tracks.  These tracks are: Academic and Research, Faith and … Continue reading Restorative Justice in Texas and Beyond