Continuing Legal Education

Evidence Based Sentencing: What Every Illinois Lawyer Needs to Know!

October 25, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor; Illinois Public Defender Association; and the Illinois State University Criminal Justice Sciences Department

Illinois State University
Bone Student Center – Bowling and Billiards Center*
(map and directions)

Gain a better understanding of Illinois Evidence-Based Sentencing principles
with this informative full-day seminar!

Whether your case ends with a plea by the defendant or goes to a full-fledged trial, it is likely that some form of sentencing will be involved. For this reason, it is imperative that attorneys stay up-to-date on the principles of evidence-based sentencing in Illinois. Attorneys attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • The full-implementation of Illinois’ evidence-based sentencing pilot project;
  • How Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) can effect sentencing;
  • Hardcore Drunk Driving (HCDD) and Adult Substance Use and Driving Survey-Revised for Illinois (ASUDS-RI);
  • How “The Containment Model” is used in the treatment of sex offenders;
  • Illinois’ Mandatory Minimums and Determinate Sentencing;
  • How to reduce recidivism; and
  • The ethical issues that can arise in criminal justice cases.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinators:
Hon. Donald D. Bernardi
, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Normal
Hon. Mark A. Schuering, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Quincy

Program Moderator:
Verlin R. Meinz
, Office of the State Appellate Defender, Ottawa



9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Introduction to Evidence-Based Sentencing
This comprehensive overview offers a look at the Illinois Evidence-Based Sentencing pilot project, as well as the project’s full-implementation throughout 102 Illinois counties.
Verlin R. Meinz, Office of the State Appellate Defender, Ottawa
Hon. Mark A. Schuering, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Quincy

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Risk Assessments and Behavioral Programs
Risk assessment is important to all phases of the criminal justice system – from the arrest decisions made by law enforcement officials, to prosecutors making pre-trial recommendations, to the sentencing decisions made by judges. This segment discusses the use of risk assessment in criminal cases, as well as how risk assessment may affect Evidence-Based Sentencing. Topics include: behavioral programs, Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R), and the role of probation officers.
Margaret Robertson, Juvenile Justice Services Manager, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts
Corrine Stremming, Probation Program Coordinator, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Evidence-Based Practice Sentencing of DUI and Sex Offenders
Join us for this presentation that examines how incorporating the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) sentencing in DUI and sex offender cases can effectively reduce recidivism. Hardcore Drunk Driving (HCDD), Adult Substance Use and Driving Survey-Revised for Illinois (ASUDS-RI), and “The Containment Model” are discussed.
Hon. Mark A. Schuering, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Quincy

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Lunch Provided

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Working Lunch: Illinois’ Mandatory Minimums & Determinate Sentencing: Navigating, Mitigating, and Impacting Illinois’ Sentencing Structure and Policy
This session provides a brief history of the evolution of Illinois’ sentencing policies over the past 30 years, as well as the social and political climates that influenced their creation and structure. Topics include: the impact of the policy changes on imprisonment; who and how long someone is sentenced; the impact on the individuals working within the system (including prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and correctional personnel); navigating the current structure; and proposals for changes that will alleviate some of the negatives created by Illinois’ current Mandatory Minimums & Determinate Sentencing policies.
Dr. Mark H. Leymon, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University, Portland, OR

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Solutions in Corrections: Using Evidence-Based Knowledge
Studies show that the right program not only effectively treats substance abuse, but also helps lower recidivism. In this segment, Professor Edward Latessa, co-author of Corrections in the Community and Corrections in America, discusses “What Works” and how evidence-based knowledge offers positive solutions in corrections and sentencing cases.
Prof. Edward J. Latessa, Director, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues**
Gain a better understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities an attorney has to the client, the court, and opposing council with this informative segment.
Hon. Donald D. Bernardi, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Normal (Moderator)
Matthew P. Jones, Associate Director, State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor
Prof. Andrew D. Leipold, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign
Ronald L. Lewis, First Assistant, McLean County Public Defender’s Office, Bloomington


*Just north of Milner Library; enter the lot from West Locust Street near South University.
**Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval