Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.
Donovan Pavilion | Vail
They say justice is blind. However, after perusing the headlines in national media, it seems as if the blindfold might have slipped. With new criminal justice reforms coming down from the White House and individual states revising or overhauling their programs, the issue of “justice” remains a quagmire of questions.
Coming from their respective positions as a criminal justice reformer and working prosecutor in Denver, Clark Neily and Ashley Daly will discuss the current state of America’s criminal justice reform. They will devote particular attention to the issues of overcriminalization, mass incarceration, accountability and the costs and benefits of plea bargaining as the default mechanism for adjudicating criminal charges in the modern criminal justice system.
The discussion will then turn to possible reforms, including the elimination of cash bail, providing more effective representation for defendants, rethinking the role of the criminal jury and the impact of so-called “progressive prosecutors” on the overall system.
Ashley Daly is a Denver Deputy District Attorney and currently prosecutes felony cases. Before joining the Denver DA’s Office in 2016, Daly was an associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP, where she focused on appellate matters. Prior to that, she was a litigation associate at Reilly Pozner, LLP where she focused on civil litigation. Before her time at Reilly Pozner, she was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York City. At Cravath, Daly represented clients in general litigation, commercial transactions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Litigation, and Insider Trading cases. Daly earned her J.D cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Daly received both a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, including a semester at Oxford University in England.
Clark Neily is vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute. His areas of interest include constitutional law, overcriminalization, and police accountability. Before joining Cato in 2017, Neily was a senior attorney and constitutional litigator at the Institute for Justice and director of the Institute’s Center for Judicial Engagement. He is an adjunct professor at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, where he teaches constitutional litigation and public-interest law. Neily served as co-counsel in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a gun. Neily received a Bachelor of Arts in Plan II (with concentrations in philosophy and Russian) from the University of Texas at Austin, and he also received his law degree from the University of Texas, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. He is the author of “Terms of Engagement: How Our Courts Should Enforce the Constitution’s Promise of Limited Government.”
This program is underwritten by Kathi Renman & Jim Picard and Brian Stockmar The Hot Topics Series is graciously underwritten by Kathy & Neal Kimmel