Thursday, March 1, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
11818 I Street
Recent Changes in Nebraska Criminal Law – Positive Reform or Passing the Buck?
Nebraska criminal law has undergone sweeping changes in the past few years with the passage of several new laws billed as criminal justice reform. Penalties for criminal conduct have been reduced, post-release supervision has been established, certain entries in criminal histories are automatically sealed and bail considerations have been changed. But are we safer? Are we reducing recidivism? Or are we simply passing the buck – shifting the costs, shifting the responsibility, shifting the victimization.
Professor Steven Schmidt joined the faculty in 2007. He received his B.S. degree in 1987 and spent the next eight years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. He received his M.A. degree in 1994 and his J.D. in 1998. Following law school, he worked in the Lancaster County Attorney's Office. As a Deputy County Attorney, he primarily prosecuted sexual assault and domestic violence cases, but also handled a wide variety of other felony and misdemeanor cases.
Currently, Professor Schmidt is heavily involved in an on-going project with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to assist as Mexico transitions its criminal justice system from a mixed inquisitorial to an oral adversarial model. He spends several weeks each semester in Mexico City teaching advocacy skills and working on that project.
Approved for 1.0 CLE cr. hr.
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