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CSLS Speaker Series: Mona Lynch – Monday, August 28 at 12:45pm

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society
is pleased to announce the first speaker in our series this semester,
Mona Lynch

Mona Lynch is Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in Criminology,
Law and Society and Law at the University of California, Irvine.
She will be speaking on her book
Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court (Sage, Nov 2016).

Hard Bargains offers a critical analytic link between the well-told, front-end story of the national politics that produced and sustain punitive federal drug laws, and the well-documented back-end story of their consequences. By shifting focus to the prosecutorial and adjudication practices responsible for producing federally sentenced drug defendants, the book tells a story about the realization of legal power: how its possibilities and potentials are imagined, how it is deployed to compel guilty pleas and induce lengthy prison sentences, and how it is reshaped both as the official rules change and as a matter of local dynamics. The first section of the book traces the major structural changes, including the expansion of federal jurisdiction in the 1970s and sentencing reforms in the 1980s, that opened up the possibility for an aggressive federal drug war in the late 20th century. The second section of the book brings to life how drug laws are deployed in court. Drawing on comparative field research conducted in three federal court districts, Lynch examines how federal prosecutors wield their considerable discretion to overwhelm defendants’ ability to assert their rights.  While she finds distinct norms around plea negotiation and adjudication practices in each district, the sheer punitive power of federal drug laws creates enormous pressure on defendants in all of the locales to waive opportunities to test evidence or go to trial.

Please join us on Monday, August 28th from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. as we launch another exciting semester of speakers.

Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”

The Introduction and Chapter 3 of Professor Lynch’s book are available in hard copy at the Center.
Click here for a link to the introduction.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director


Monday, August 28, 2017
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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