The War on Drugs 50 Years Later

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

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The UNH Law Review Fall 2021 Symposium, "The War on Drugs 50 Years Later"

In June of 1971, President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs,” suppressing drug channels and increasing the criminalization of drug use, possession, and supply. Fifty years later, this “all-out offensive” continues. Yet, not only has drug use since increased, but so too has violence, conflict, and corruption which has ultimately driven systematic racism, mass incarceration, social marginalization, healthcare adversity, among many other negative institutional outcomes.  

Join us and listen to our guest scholars present on their work:

The Perfect Storm: Substance Abuse, Mental Illness, and Criminal Justice in Rural America
Bailey D. Barnes
Associate, The Law Offices of Galligan & Newman
McMinnville, Tennessee

Could the War on Drugs in N.H. Even Survive Rational Basis Review at this Point?
Michael S. Lewis
Shareholder, Rath, Young & Pignatelli P.C.
Professor of Law, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Concord, New Hampshire
Cassandra Moran, J.D. ’22
Daniel Webster Scholar, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Concord, New Hampshire

Moral Panic and the War on Drugs
Phil Lord
Instructor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario

After the War on Drugs: Challenges Following Decriminalization
Thomas Lininger
Orlando John and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon

Guest Panel, "Who Really Benefits from the Opioid Settlements?
The Developing Legal Landscape Impacting New Hampshire" featuring Manchester City Solicitor Emily Gray Rice, Professor Lucy Hodder, and Associate Attorney General & Director of Legal Counsel for NH Dept of Justice James Boffetti