On November 6, 2009, the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class hosted its Fall symposium entitled "Problem Solving Courts: A Conversation with the Experts." Problem solving courts are alternative court structures that aim to solve the underlying problem of the criminal, civil, or juvenile offense. Some examples are adult and juvenile drug courts, mental health courts, prostitution courts, truancy courts, unified family courts, and community courts. The mission of these problem solving courts is to improve the offender’s life and better the community by emphasizing rehabilitation and implementing multi-pronged solutions. However, problem solving courts are not without critics, who question the effectiveness of the courts and express due process as well as ethical concerns.

Presentations from the symposium were published in volume 10, no. 1 of RRGC.


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Friday, November 6th
9:00 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Chris Madaio
Ingrid Löfgren
Phoebe A. Haddon, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Panel 1

Aubrey Fox, Center for Court Innovation
Ellen Heller, Circuit Court of Maryland, Baltimore City
Corey Shdaimah, University of Maryland School of Social Work

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Panel 2

Jane M. Spinak, Columbia University Law School
Richard C. Boldt, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Gary Barton, Office of Problem-Solving Courts

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Problem Solving Courts and Rehabilitation's Role in the Criminal Justice System

Nancy Forster

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:45 PM

Panel 3

Mae Quinn, Washington University Law School
Jamey H. Hueston, District Court of Maryland
Tamar Meekins, Howard University School of Law
Mark Peyrot, Loyola College of Maryland
Stacy Burns, Loyola Marymount University

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Concluding Remarks

Chris Madaio
Ingrid Löfgren

3:30 PM - 2:45 PM