Liman Colloquium To Explore Problems With the Prison System

The 13th annual Liman Colloquium, “Imprisoned,” will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, at the Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

The colloquium will examine the changing populations, rules and enduring problems of prisons. It will also honor Brett Dignam, clinical professor of law and supervising attorney, who has taught the Prison Legal Services clinic at Yale since the early 1990s.

Panels will explore topics including the hardening of prison culture that has occurred during the past several decades (particularly the explosion of supermax facilities and the increasing use of segregation); the impact of gender in classification, supervision, and searches in prison; the roles of the courts, Congress and law schools in issues of incarceration; the causes and effects of over-incarceration; and policies of decarceration.

Participants include scholars from the law and social sciences, advocates, judges, government officials, students, and current and former Liman Fellows.

The colloquium is co-sponsored by Yale Law School, the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.

For more information, contact Sarah Eiseman at or Sarah Russell at

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