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April 11, 2024
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TNH 2.138 (Blanton Classroom)
Event type:
Panel Discussion / Speaker Series

Join Professor Alexandra Natapoff, Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, while she discusses her article "Misdemeanor Declination: A Theory of Internal Separation of Powers" with Texas Law professors Lee Kovarsky and Jennifer Laurin. In the article, Professor Natapoff argues that criminal law theory should borrow from administrative law in designating prosecutors' misdemeanor declination powers as a type of internal separation of powers designed to curb police overreach. She argues that charging individuals with a misdemeanor should require more than the low bar of probable cause required for an arrest, and that prosecutors' rubber stamping of arrests is an abdication of their responsibility to conduct a more thorough review before bringing the full weight of the government's adversarial process against individuals.

Misdemeanor Declination is featured in Volume 102, Issue 5 of the Texas Law Review.

Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
  • Faculty
Sponsored by:
  • Texas Law Review

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.