LISD-PTI Brown Bag Series: Prof. Steven Chanenson on "Danger and Opportunity: Reflections on Modern American Sentencing"
The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will co-sponsor a lunch seminar, "Danger and Opportunity: Reflections on Modern American Sentencing," with Prof. Steven Chanenson, currently a Crane Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School's Program on Law and Public Affairs, on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., in 019 Bendheim Hall. Prof. Chanenson will highlight selected key milestones and potential developments in noncapital criminal sentencing, with discussion to follow. The lunch is co-sponsored with the Princeton Teaching Initiative (PTI), and is open to Princeton University faculty and students only. Participants should bring their own lunch. To attend the session, RSVP online using your netID.
Professor Steven Chanenson is the Director of the Villanova Sentencing Workshop and former Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, an elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Chanenson was the Liaison from the National Association of Sentencing Commissions to the American Law Institute regarding efforts to revise the sentencing portions of the Model Penal Code. He was the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s recently adopted Criminal Records Accuracy Act. In addition, he is currently a Managing Editor of and frequent contributor to the Federal Sentencing Reporter (University of California Press/Vera Institute of Justice), the leading professional journal of brief commentary on sentencing law, theory, and reform. In recognition of his dedication to public service, the Truman Foundation named Professor Chanenson a Truman Scholar and subsequently bestowed upon him early in the Truman Foundation's Judge Joseph Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Field of Law in 2005. Professor Chanenson received a B.A. in economics and M.S. in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Supreme Court Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He also served in the Chambers of the Honorable David H. Souter. Before entering teaching, he practiced at a major commercial law firm and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in Chicago. While at LAPA he will be examining what happens when selected Nordic penal practices are adopted in an American prison.
The LISD-PTI Brown Bag Series is a new initiative jointly launched by the Liechtenstein Institute and Princeton University's Prison Teaching Initiative meant to foster discussion of both prison pedagogy and the contemporary landscape of incarceration reform and abolition among the wider Princeton community. The Prison Teaching Initiative seeks to bridge Princeton University’s academic and service-driven missions by providing the highest quality post-secondary education to incarcerated students in New Jersey; offering Princeton University graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff innovative, evidence-based pedagogy training and the chance to diversify their teaching portfolios through intensive classroom experience; and fostering a robust campus dialogue on mass incarceration and its relationship to systemic inequalities in access to education. LISD currently supports two PTI graduate student fellowships.