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Capital University Law School Presents the 40th Annual Sullivan Lecture Featuring Journalist Emily Bazelon, Addressing Mass Incarceration

11/9/2018  -  Columbus, OH – Emily Bazelon, staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and senior research fellow at Yale Law School, will present a lecture on “Prosecutors and the New Movement to End Mass Incarceration” on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Ms. Bazelon’s lecture will celebrate the 40th Jon E. Sullivan Lecture, sponsored by the Capital University Law Review. The event will be held at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Ms. Bazelon, who also co-hosts the Slate podcast “the Political Gabfest,” will address the assertion that prosecution in America is at a crossroads. As she argues in her forthcoming book, the power of prosecutors renders them the only actors in the criminal justice system with the power to fix what is broken without changing a single law. Prosecutors can end mass incarceration, protect against coercive plea bargains and convicting the innocent and take back racial bias. Because we – the people – elect prosecutors, in almost every state, it is within our power to reshape the choices that they make. In the last few years, for the first time in American history, a wave of reform-minded prosecutors has taken office in major cities throughout the country. The lecture will not only address the problems these prosecutors were elected to fix, but also the difference that they can make by taking action.

Following Ms. Bazelon’s lecture, Floyd D. Weatherspoon, professor emeritus at Capital University Law School, and Douglas A. Berman, the Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will each provide commentary on the topic of mass incarceration.

“The Sullivan Lecture is one of CapLaw’s distinguished scholarly events and offers the community a unique insight into a topic of great importance,” said Rachel M. Janutis, Dean of Capital University Law School. “We are excited to mark the 40th anniversary of this great event with a topic that is front and center in American law today.”

The Lecture is approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 2.00 total CLE hours. Guests may register to attend by visiting Questions about the event should be directed to Debbie Scott at 614-236-6383 or

About the Lecture
The John E. Sullivan Lecture was established in honor of Professor Emeritus John Edward Sullivan, a dedicated teacher and scholar who was appointed to the Law School faculty in 1953 and who also served as acting dean and academic dean during his tenure. The Sullivan Lecture is presented each academic year by a distinguished legal scholar who addresses a matter of significance to the Law School and to the greater legal community.

Located in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Capital University Law School offers dedicated students the intellectual, ethical and practical foundation to become successful lawyers and leaders. The Law School is part of Capital University, a comprehensive, private university centered in contemporary Lutheran values offering undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Since its founding in 1830 and charter as a university in 1850, Capital has been an agent in shaping engaged citizens and purposeful leaders who improve their industries, communities and society.