Sociologist, Author Emily Horowitz to Join ACSOL Virtual Conference on October 1

Sociologist, professor and author Emily Horowitz will join the ACSOL Zoom conference on Saturday, October 1, 2022 both as a plenary speaker and a panelist.  She will share with all conference attendees the results of her recent research regarding the daily challenges faced by registrants in the presentation, “I’m Free, But Not Free.  Alive But Not Alive: Life on the Registry.”  She will also join ACSOL President Chance Oberstein on a panel regarding “How to Succeed in an Adverse Social Environment.”

The conference will also include presentations by civil rights attorneys Janice Bellucci and Adele Nicholas as well as criminal defense attorney Alex Landon, professor Ilan Meyer of UCLA, and Caleb Kruckenberg of The Pacific Legal Foundation.  In addition, the conference will include panels regarding “Registrant Success Stories” and “How to Survive the Containment Model.”  The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break between noon and 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available for the conference for only $25 using the link below:

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Recordings from the conference will be available to all those who purchase a ticket.  Scholarships are available upon request.

Below the schedule as of 9/20. You can also download a PDF:

ACSOL 2022 Conference Schedule as of Aug 2022

9 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Welcome and Orientation with Chance Oberstein (ACSOL President), Janice Bellucci (ACSOL Executive Director)

9:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Plenary Session: Panicked Legislation with  Catherine Carpenter (Professor of Law, ACSOL Board Member), Aaron Marcus (Philadelphia Defender Association)

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Breakout Room 1: Litigation against SORNA Regulations with Caleb Kruckenberg (Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation)

Breakout Room 2: Registrants and LGBTQ Members—Same or Different? with Ilan Meyer, Ph.D. (Williams Institute Distinguished Senior Scholar, UCLA School of Law)

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Plenary Session: I’m Free But Not Free, Alive But Not Alive: Life on the Registry with Emily Horowitz. Ph.D (Professor of Sociology, ACSOL Board Member)

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)
Breakout Room 1: Tiered Registry Law –A Report Card for Year 1 of the Petitioning Process with Chance Oberstein (ACSOL President), Alex Landon (Attorney, ACSOL Board Member), Michele Kumaus (Public Defender, San Diego County)

Breakout Room 2: Registrant Success Stories with Yvonne Ruiz, Manlinda Gallegos,Roger Hunnicutt and Marty Weiss(author of Thanks For The Infamy and former talent manager). 


2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Breakout Room 1: How to Survive the Containment Model with  JoEllen Wigginton, Ph.D. (Foundation Board Member)

Breakout Room 2: How to Succeed in an Adverse Social Environmentwith Chance Oberstein (ACSOL President), Emily Horowitz (ACSOL Board Member)

3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session: Registry IS Punishment with Janice Bellucci, Attorney (ACSOL Executive Director), Adele Nicholas (Illinois Voices Executive Director)


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The 5 W’s. Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Question: What “W” is a missing from the Sept 20 post re Oct 1 Conference?

“I’m Free, But Not Free.”

I’m out of custody, but still in custody.

Not knocking the conference or panelists, but isn’t this akin to a bunch of people that never jumped off a cliff saying, “ Come on, you can do it!” ? Even those that have successfully regained their licenses or jobs seem to have done it long before the current registrant obstacles.
I have done a lot of listening to people (3 different offender groups) and the same statement made by all the proctors seems to be, “ You’ll get through this”. Too bad most of our “friends” and family don’t feel the same way. Luckily I was never close to my family anyway, and have made new relationships. If I had followed recommendations from those trying to help me, I can guarantee I wouldn’t be near as far along towards getting beyond this.
Somehow I keep seeing the conference as a “ Pat myself on the back” moment for presenters. Call me cynical, but I think going with your gut instincts has the best results far beyond advice from others. You can all bash on me now.

Wonderful. I have read much about Professor Horowitz’s work in psychology and criminal justice. She will be an excellent addition to conference I’m sure. I look forward to hearing her thoughts.

I can’t attend but I donated enough for two members who want to attend but may not be able to afford to join the conference.

It will be interesting to hear her findings and results.

Last edited 1 year ago by TS