The Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky has signaled a new era for plea bargaining and the sentencing of people charged with crimes. In ruling that defense attorneys have an affirmative Sixth Amendment duty to provide accurate, individualized advice to their noncitizen clients when a conviction may result in their deportation, the Court blurred the line courts have drawn between the "direct" and "collateral" consequences of a conviction.
Co-sponsored by the Saint Louis University School of Law's Public Law Review and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, this symposium will bring together the nation's foremost experts on the collateral consequences of conviction, judges, criminal law practitioners, and experts on immigration law to discuss Padilla's implications. During this daylong event, panels will discuss the import of Padilla's reasoning for other constitutional issues arising in the context of a criminal prosecution; the practical impact of the holding for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and probation officers; and the broader implications of the Padilla decision for the criminal justice system as a whole.
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