Impressive list of speakers & agenda set for 2015 Symposium “Halt & Reform”


The Widener Law Journal will host its annual symposium on April 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg Campus. WLJ will also live tweet the event @WidenerJournal and hashtag #WLJSymposium.

Death Penalty Reform_e-card_2015_frontThis year’s symposium topic is Halt & Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform. The focus at the local and national level will be on the administrative, constitutional and policy considerations in criminal sentencing guidelines, the 8th Amendment and capital punishment. The latter topic is particularly timely and relevant in Pennsylvania given Governor Wolf’s recent decision to halt executions in Pennsylvania and the reaction among District Attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to challenge the decision.

The afternoon will begin with Opening Remarks delivered by H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., Pennsylvania Deputy General Counsel, to set the tone for the Symposium. It will be followed by three panel discussions: PA Sentencing Commission Overview by the Chair and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, and Capital Punishment and Related Issues in PA and Beyond.

WLJ 2015 Symposium Agenda

This annual symposium promises a lively, engaging, and informative discussion that approaches the topic from various points of view.

4 CLE credits will be offered and registration is still open.



  • Opening Remarks delivered by H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., Pennsylvania Deputy General Counsel
  • Mark H. Bergstrom, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
  • Steven L. Chanenson, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and Professor, Villanova University School of Law School
  • Shaakirrah R. Sanders, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law
  • Marjorie J. Peerce, Esquire, Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Thomas Place, Professor, Dickinson School of Law
  • C. James Fox, Chief Hearing Examiner of the PA Board of Probation and Parole
  • Donald Tibbs, Associate Professor, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Jane Moriarty, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Professor, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Paul H. Robinson, Colin S. Diver Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Matt Mangino, Esq., Of Counsel with Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly and George, P.C. and author of The Executioner’s Toll
  • Charles E. MacLean, Professor, Indiana Tech School of Law