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Litigation Strategies Post-Dorsey: A Proportionate Response

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:15 PM

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On July 29, 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v Dorsey that a sentence that affords a juvenile an opportunity to be released from prison after serving 40 years or less of the term imposed does not constitute a de facto life sentence. The Court held for purposes of Miller and Buffer, if a youth is eligible for day-for-day good conduct credit, a de facto life sentence is measured not by the actual sentence imposed, but by the anticipated length of incarceration after earning good-conduct credit.

This training, presented by the JDRC and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law's Children and Family Justice Center will provide participants with information on the scope and impact of Dorsey on the Illinois landscape. The training will feature updates on relevant legislative reforms and will include an open discussion with other Illinois litigators to discuss practical strategies and tips to litigate cases moving forward.

CLE credit is pending.