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Downtown CLE: Is the War on Drugs a Success?

April 28, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Is the War on Drugs a Success?

The United States has spent over a trillion dollars fighting the war on drugs.  One in 34 Americans is under some sort of correctional supervision and more than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for a drug crime.  Is America winning the war on drugs? Are we making a dent in the flow of drugs into the U.S.? Are we any safer due to our current drug policies?  Professor Shima Baradaran, University of Utah law, and Eric Benson, former prosecutor and attorney at Ray Quinney and Nebeker will both present perspectives and war stories in prosecuting crime on these and other related policy questions.

Free CLE with $15 lunch option. Registration required »

12:00-1:00 p.m., Ray Quinney & Nebeker (36 S State St #1400, Salt Lake City, UT 84111)

Speakers: Eric Benson of Ray Quinney & Nebeker and Professor Shima Baradaran

eric_bensonMr. Eric Benson’s practice focuses primarily on white collar criminal defense and civil litigation. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Benson handles nearly every type of federal criminal case and investigation including government procurement fraud, corruption, environmental crimes, immigration worksite enforcement actions, computer fraud, mail and wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, health care fraud, import and export violations, money laundering, stock market manipulation, Ponzi schemes and various other charges.  Along with defending companies and individuals in white collar criminal investigations, Mr. Benson represents clients facing government regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Division, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Utah Division of Securities, Utah Division of Consumer Protection and others.

Shima_Baradaran_knzv2lProfessor Shima Baradaran’s teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and international law. Shima Baradaran is a national expert on bail and pretrial prediction and her current scholarship examines prosecutors, drugs, search and seizure, international law and terrorism, and race and violent crime.  Baradaran has worked with economists and political scientists to write articles involving advanced empirical modeling and randomized controlled trials, including the largest global field experiment in the world.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, the Economist, Forbes and other media outlets and she has been invited to present her work at many law schools and to groups of judges and attorneys across the country.  Her most recent articles are Funding Terror, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Drugs and Violence, USC Law Review (forthcoming), Rebalancing the Fourth Amendment, Georgetown Law Journal, Predicting Violence, Texas Law Review, Race, Prediction & Discretion, George Washington Law Review, and Does International Law Matter?, Minnesota Law Review.

1 CLE (pending). For questions contact Miriam (801-585-3479).


April 28, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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College of Law
801-585-3440 | 801-585-3479


Ray Quinney & Nebeker
36 S State St #1400
Salt Lake City, 84111
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