Cynthia Alkon, a professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, will present the talk, “Negotiation & Plea Bargaining,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center, 370 Bassett Road. This event is free and open to the public.
Alkon’s talk will examine the importance of plea bargaining in our criminal justice system; question the hard-bargaining tactics used by prosecutors; and critique a system that forces criminal defendants to enter guilty pleas with lawyers who often have little time to advise them. They also enter these pleas without full prosecutorial discovery, with threats of more serious charges, and often under time pressures to make quick and potentially life-altering decisions.
Alkon, who has been at Texas A&M since 2013, earned her law degree at the U.C. Hastings College of Law and an LLM in dispute resolution from the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law. She also has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University.
Her presentation is part of the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop series, which features nationally recognized scholars and practitioners. The talks are open to the public as well as the Yale and Quinnipiac communities and are structured to allow time for questions and discussion.
To register, please contact Sue Anne Ney by Feb. 19.