“The Future of the President’s Pardon Power”

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The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is pleased to announce a series of online panels on successive Tuesdays in September, starting on September 14, that will explore in depth the use of the pardon power by President Donald Trump, and how it both reflects recent trends in pardoning and is likely to influence pardoning in the future.

The first panel, on September 14, will discuss Trump’s abandonment of the bureaucratic tradition in pardoning and what this reveals both about his concept of office and about the nature of the constitutional power.  The second panel, on September 21, will consider whether Trump’s pardons may prompt much-needed reforms in sentencing law and practice.  The third panel, on September 28, will consider possible changes in how the pardon power is administered resulting from its idiosyncratic use by President Trump, and whether the Justice Department should remain responsible for advising the president in pardon matters.

This series is jointly organized by CCRC, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, and the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

The panels are based on the essays in Volume 33, Issue 5 of the Federal Sentencing Reporter. Margaret Love, executive director of CCRC, curated and introduced the FSR essays, and recruited participants for the panels.

Register for each panel here.


PANEL 1: Donald Trump’s Theatre of Pardoning: What Did We Learn?

September 14, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom


  • Frank Bowman, Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Amy Povah, founder, CAN-DO Justice through Clemency
  • Kenneth Vogel, The New York Times 

Moderator:  Margaret Love, executive director, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, former U.S. Pardon Attorney


PANEL 2: Supplementing the Pardon Power: Second Looks and Second Chances

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom


  • Jack Chin, Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair of Law, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, and Director of Clinical Legal Education, University of California, Davis, Law School
  • John Gleeson, attorney and former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Judge Beverly Martin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • JaneAnne Murray, professor of practice, University of Minnesota Law School

Moderator:  Carter Stewart, executive vice president, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio


PANEL 3: Managing the Pardon Power: Should the Justice Department Remain the Gatekeeper?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT | Zoom


  • Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Jeffrey Crouch, assistant professor of American politics, School of Public Affairs, American University
  • Paul J. Larkin, Jr., Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Margaret Love, executive director, Collateral Consequences Resource Center, former U.S. Pardon Attorney

Moderator:  Douglas Berman, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law and executive director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center