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Durbin to Deliver Keynote at ‘Guns In America’

Law event will explore Second Amendments rights, public safety concerns

CHICAGO --- Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will deliver the keynote address at the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology’s 2014 symposium, “Guns in America.” The symposium will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Lincoln Hall, Room 104 in Levy Mayer at Northwestern University School of Law, 357 E. Chicago Ave.

Durbin will discuss the gun lobby’s efforts to fight new and existing firearms regulations. He will also discuss efforts to curb gun violence since the Sandy Hook tragedy and additional common-sense steps that can be taken that are reasonable, legal and constitutional.

The symposium will also feature an opening address by James Lindgren, professor at Northwestern Law and a panel discussion with distinguished experts including Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, McDonald v. Chicago plaintiff’s attorney David Sigale, University of Chicago criminologists Jens Ludwig and Harold Pollack, and Northwestern Law clinicians Stephanie Kollmann and Dominique Nong. 

Panel topics will explore, for example, the tension between Second Amendment rights and public safety concerns as well as how legislatures can and should respond to gun violence.

CLE credit will be available for symposium attendees. Registration for the symposium is strongly encouraged. Those interested in attending may complete the registration form or contact JCLC's symposium editor Vanessa Szalapski.

The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is a student-run publication at Northwestern University School of Law. Since its inception in 1910, the JCLC strives to capture the breadth and depth of legal scholarship on crime through the publication of legal articles, criminological research, book reviews and symposia. The Journal is consistently ranked among the most influential legal and criminology publications and remains the most widely read and cited criminal law journal. The JCLC’s broad readership of judges, legal scholars, criminologists and practitioners composes the second largest subscription base of all the nation's law journals.

For more information on the symposium, visit The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

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