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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Law School to Host Symposium on Eighth Amendment

March 8th, 2013

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: The University of Missouri School of Law will host the 2013 Missouri Law Review Symposium, “Bombshell or Baby Steps?” The symposium will focus on a recent United States Supreme Court decision, Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles are prohibited by the Eighth Amendment.

The symposium will address constitutional, practical and policy matters regarding juveniles and sentencing. Panelists will discuss the impact that the Supreme Court’s decision on Miller v. Alabama has had on state legislatures and Congress.

The Missouri Law Review is an entirely student-run publication and one of the oldest legal publications west of the Mississippi River.

WHO: Keynote speaker:

Judge Nancy Gertner, professor of practice at Harvard University Law School

Other speakers:

Douglas Berman, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

William Berry III, University of Mississippi School of Law

Frank Bowman III, MU School of Law

Michael O’Hear, Marquette University Law School

Bradley Bridge, Defender Association of Philadelphia

Sarah Jane Forman, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Marsha Levick, Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia

Mae Quinn, Washington University School of Law

Emily Buss, University of Chicago Law School

Clark Peters, MU School of Social Work

Mary Price, Families Against Mandatory Minimums


WHERE: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Friday, March 8

Courtroom, Hulston Hall

MU campus

NOTES: The symposium is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events and to register for the symposium visit