Each year, the Michigan Journal of Law Reform hosts a symposium where academics and policymakers from across the country come together to discuss a specific legal reform. For the 54th Volume of the Annual Symposium, our team is hosting The Poverty Penalty: America’s Overuse of Fines and Fees on January 25th 2021 – January 29th, 2021.
The goals of this Symposium are to provide historical and political context for current issues associated with the overuse of fines and fees and to consider how governments, private industry, and private citizens can together seek reform. The Symposium will consist of five events, each lasting one hour and focused on scholarship, panel discussions, and potential reform ideas.
The Michigan Journal of Law Reform
The Michigan Journal of Law Reform is one of the oldest and most well respected law and policy publications in the nation. It publishes cutting-edge legal scholarship by both academics and legal practitioners. Established in 1968, the Journal finds its roots in a desire to propose constructive, well-reasoned reforms in all areas of the law.
In the Journal’s inaugural issue, Professor Francis Allen summarized the publication’s purpose in the following way: “In short, it seeks to promote the improvement of law and its administration in all areas in which needs are disclosed and in which useful proposals can be advanced.” True to these words, the Journal’s Editorial Board has consistently sought out and published articles on a diverse range of legal issues, eschewing the narrow focus of many legal publications
Michigan Journal of Law Reform Volume 54
Amy Ciardiello, Managing Symposium Editor
Sean J. Brennan, Symposium Editor
Emily C. Tifft, Symposium Editor
Ronica F. Hutchison, Associate Symposium Editor
Madeline S. McFee, Associate Symposium Editor
Anthony W. Oxendine III, Associate Symposium Editor
Managing Editorial Board
Nicole Frazer, Editor-in-Chief
Elise M. Coletta, Managing Editor
Laurel M. Ruza, Managing Production Editor
Hannah G. Basalone, Managing Articles Editor
Julie Moroney, Managing Notes Editor
Brenna M. Ferris, Managing Online Editor
Sumner T. Truax, Managing Executive Editor