Law and Criminal Justice Committee and Related Sessions - Electronic Resources from NCSL's 2010 Legislative Summit
(As of September 16, 2010)

NCSL's 2010 Legislative Summit 

Sunday, July 25 | Monday, July 26 Issue Forums

Sunday, July 25

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Marriott Ballroom 9 - 10, Level 2

Human Trafficking in the Spotlight/Business Meeting (CLE) - Video
Joint with Human Services and Welfare Committee and NCSL Task Force on Immigration and the States

Human trafficking is criminal activity, often involving immigrant women and children, forced slavery and sexual exploitation often for profit. Learn about various state initiatives and what states can do to strengthen laws addressing human trafficking. Following the session, both committees will jointly consider a new NCSL policy on this issue. At the business meeting, committees will also consider current joint policies on child support enforcement and federalism issues raised by faith based initiatives scheduled to sunset if no further action is taken.

Presiding:  Representative Janice L. Pauls, Kansas
Presiding/Panelist:  Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia


  • Ernie Allen, President and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Virginia
  • Rachel Ellis, Division Chief - Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Public Engagement, USCIS, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Kelly Heinrich, Senior Counsel, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas - PowerPoint Presentation
Monday, July 26

10:15 am -11:15 am 
CC 105, Level 1

Sex Offender Registration/SORNA Update (CLE) - Video / Summary

Learn about state actions and approaches related to sex offender registration SORNA provisions of the federal Adam Walsh Act and get an update on supplemental guidelines issued by the U.S. Attorney General. 

Presiding:  Representative Jerry Madden, Texas


  • Mary Coffee, Planning and Policy Administrator, Department of Law Enforcement, Offender Registration and Tracking Services, Florida
  • Matthew Kanai, General Counsel for Law Enforcement, State Attorney General's Office, Ohio
  • Ed Smart, Utah

Respondent:  Representative Jerry Madden, Texas - PowerPoint Presentation

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
CC 105, Level 1

Supreme Court Round Up (CLE) - Summary

Hear an overview of U.S. Supreme Court decisions in several cases with federalism implications and how the make-up and balance of the Court is affected in the term ahead. 

Moderator:  Representative Joni Cutler, South Dakota


  • Richard Ruda, Chief Counsel, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
CC 105, Level 1

The Economy and Crime - Summary

Examine the complex and disparate causes and rates of crime, with particular focus on how the current economic downturn is affecting the amount and types of crime and crime responses.

Moderator:  Robie Ingram, Senior Attorney, Division of Legislative Services, Virginia


  • Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Curators Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Criminology, Missouri - PowerPoint Presentation

 NCSL Legislative Summit Issue Forums of Related Interest:

Tuesday, July 27

7:00 am - 8:45 am
CC 211, Level 2

Maximizing Public Investments in Tight Budget Times - Video
Sponsored by the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society and NCSL/Annie E. Casey Partnership on Family Economic Success

Research and evaluation help lawmakers identify what a state is getting for the activities it spends on behalf of its citizens. Tight budgets provide an opportunity to assess the policies and programs that are most effective. Come hear real examples about how research on children and corrections policy has been used to make cost effective investments.   Breakfast will be served starting at 7:00 am.  Program will begin at 7:45 am.

Moderator:  Representative David E. Heaton, Iowa


  • Arlene Lee, CSSP, Washington, D.C.
  • Kathy McGuire, OPPAGA, Florida

NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Annie E. Casey Foundation for sponsoring this session.

10:30 am - 12:00 Noon
CC 105, Level  1

Changing the Course of Delinquency (CLE) - Video
Sponsored by the Education Committee, Health Committee, Human Services and Welfare Committee, Trust for Representative Democracy and Women's Legislative Network

Foster children, juvenile delinquents, teen parents, dropouts—how do we improve the lives of kids? Health, education and families are key. A leading national expert will share innovative and cost-saving ways to improve the lives of young people through prevention and early intervention, with a focus on collaboration across systems such as juvenile justice and child welfare.

Facilitator:  Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota


  • Shay Bilchik, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. - PowerPoint Presentation


  • Senator Brenda J. Council, Nebraska
  • Representative John J. DeBerry Jr., Tennessee
  • Senator Tim C. Owens, Kansas 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CC 108, Level 1

Citizens United v. FEC:  Political Blockbuster?  (CLE) - Video
Sponsored by the Legal Services Staff Section and Redistricting and Elections Committee

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that it is unconstitutional to bar corporations and unions from spending on advertisements for and against candidates. The decision sent shock waves through the 24 states with similar laws. Examine what the ruling means to states, how it might affect this year's campaigns, and how states and Congress have responded.

Moderator:  Nola Werren, State and Federal Communications, Inc., Ohio


  • Delegate Jon S. Cardin, Maryland
  • Kenneth Gross, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, Washington, D.C.
  • Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman Vogel PLLC, Virginia

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
CC 106, Level 1

Reexamining the Death Penalty  (CLE) - Video


Explore the current status and future prospects of the death penalty in states. Examine the lethal injection moratorium in Kentucky, the costs of capital cases, recent court rulings, the increase in blanket clemency and pardons, and other ways states continue to react to and reexamine the death penalty.

Moderator:  Senator Robert Stivers, Kentucky


  • Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Information Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Antonio Moe Maestas, New Mexico
  • Kent Scheidegger, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, California - PowerPoint Presentation
Wednesday, July 28

8:00 am - 9:30 am
CC 102 - 103, Level 1

A Data-Driven Approach to Reducing Prison Spending - Video / Podcast To Come/ Summary

Strained state finances prompt states to explore how to be smart and tough on crime. Learn how states are using data-driven decision making to create policies that decrease recidivism, protect public safety and reduce prison spending.

Moderator:  Arturo Perez, NCSL


  • Tina Chiu, Vera Institute of Justice, New York - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Gary Dennis, Office of Justice Programs, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Jerry Madden, Texas - PowerPoint Presentation
  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky