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Chief NYS Judge Jonathan Lippman to speak at John Jay College

New York, NY, January 24, 2011 --- New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will lead a prestigious group of speakers, including three senior judges and three district attorneys from around the country, for discussions on the evolving role of the courts in the U.S. justice system at the Sixth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on Monday, Jan. 31st and Tuesday Feb 1st, 2011.

Judge Lippman will deliver the keynote speech on Jan 31st on the conference theme: “Law & Disorder: Facing the Legal and Economic Challenges to American Criminal Justice”

Other speakers include Hon. Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; Hon. Andre Davis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and Hon. Robert T. Russell, Associate Judge for Buffalo City Court and a pioneer of the nation’s Veterans Courts. They will be joined by ACLU president Susan Herman; Matt Cate, Secretary of California’s Department of Corrections; John T. Chisholm, District Attorney, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin; Daniel F. Conley, District Attorney, Suffolk County, Massachusetts; and George Gascon, newly appointed DA in San Francisco and the city’s former Police Chief.

“Our focus on the courts this year follows our annual tradition of focusing discussions on significant areas of the criminal justice system where public policymaking calls out for reasoned and informed public debate,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

For a complete list of speakers, an agenda, and registration info, please visit:

The Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium is the only national gathering which brings together journalists, legislators, policymakers, scholars and practitioners for candid on-the-record discussions on emerging issues of U.S. criminal justice. Panel topics this year include: the courts and civil liberties, court overcrowding, gun violence, the impact of the midterm elections on criminal justice, the crisis in family courts, and the use of new technology in crime-fighting and its implication for privacy rights.

Twenty-Six U.S. journalists from print, online and broadcast outlets have been awarded fellowships to attend the conference. The unique fellowships, organized by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice (CMCJ), are aimed at encouraging and promoting top-quality journalism on criminal justice.

The Fellows were selected from a wide pool of applicants based on editors’ recommendations and on investigative reporting projects currently underway or in the planning stage related to the topics explored at the 2011 conference.

Their projects cover subjects ranging from gun violence in suburbia, elected sheriffs, homelessness and crime, and courts and social media. The 2011 Fellows are listed below.

The award-winners will receive financial assistance or stipends that enable them to attend the conference and related events. Overall support for the conference and fellowships comes from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project, the Joyce Foundation, and the David Bohnett Foundation. These organizations did not participate in the review or selection of the fellows.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, its faculty are the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing.

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice, established at John Jay College in 2006, is the nation's only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society. For more information, visit or

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance. The foundation provides both research grants to established scholars and dissertation fellowships to graduate students during the dissertation-writing year. For more information, visit

2011 Fellows (in Alphabetical Order)

Laura Norton Amico, Homicide Watch DC
Mark Boxley, The Daily Times (Tenn.)
Angela Caputo, The Chicago Reporter
Bill Cotterell, Tallahassee Democrat
Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch
Mick Dumke, The Chicago News Co-operative
Tim Eigo, Arizona Attorney Magazine
Josh Farley, Kitsap Sun
Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
K. Daniel Glover, Capitol Hill Tweet
Art Golab, Chicago Sun-Times
Emanuella Grinberg,
Jessie Halladay, The Courier-Journal
Gabriel Jones-Roxas, WKYT-TV, (CBS affiliate)
Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Times of Northwest Indiana
Frank Lockwood, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Alan Maimon, Las Vegas Review-Journal
James Mayse, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Vanessa Murphy, WAND-TV (NBC affiliate)
Jason Riley, The Courier-Journal
Ryan Rios, KTRK-TV (ABC affiliate)
Andrew Strickler, Newsday
Jazmine Ulloa, San Antonio Express-News
Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Robert Wildeboer, WBEZ- Chicago Public Radio
Mark Winne, WSB-TV (Atlanta)