The 5th Annual Reform Sex Offender Laws Conference, “Justice For All”, will be held in Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend. The conference will begin on Thursday, August 29, with an evening social gathering and continue through noon on Sunday, September 1. The conference will be held at the Westin Hotel near LAX airport.
“This is an excellent opportunity for registrants and family members of registrants to learn about the laws and policies that affect their daily lives,” stated Janice Bellucci. “California is honored to host this annual event which will feature distinguished experts from around the nation.”
Confirmed speakers include
- Catherine Carpenter, criminal defense attorney and professor of law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles;
- Doctor Suzonne Kline, former administrator of Florida’s Sexually Violent Predator Program; and
- Doctor Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower, Founding Program Director of Support and Accountability at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University.
Carpenter’s primary focus of scholarship is on issues pertaining to sex offender registration laws and sex crimes. Her 2012 law review article, “The Evolution of Unconstitutionality in Sex Offender Registration Laws”, was recently cited in John Doe v. Department of Public Safety and Correctional studies.
Kline is currently in private practice specializing in forensic evaluation, risk assessment, sexual offenders and the provision of exper testimony regarding effective sexual offender management. In her capacity as Administrator of Florida’s SVP program, she was responsible for both screening and evaluation of individuals referred for civil commitment as well as oversight of the Florida Civil Commitment Center, the second larges SVP facility in the nation.
Ruth-Heffelbower is a former minister and has been involved in restorative justice work for more than 30 years. She helped to found the COSA program in 2007 with a start-up grant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She has provided leadership for organizations both in North America and Indonesia. Ruth-Heffelbower teaches or has taught graduate courses such as group dynamics, family ministries, spiritual formation and spiritual direction.
Registration for the conference will begin later this month. The cost to register is $100 per person although partial scholarships will be available. Additional information about the conference can be found on the website of Reform Sex Offender Laws.