Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 5:29 pm

Grinnell, Iowa -  

Two law experts will speak at Grinnell College in early March as a part of a yearlong symposium on the War on Drugs, hosted by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.

On Tuesday, March 4, at 4:15 p.m. Bridget Brennan will speak on “Heroin, Crack and Prescription Painkillers: Lessons Learned Over Forty Years of Fighting Crime and Addiction in New York City.” On Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Douglas Berman will present a talk titled “Understanding and Undoing Mass Incarceration.” Both talks will be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

A prosecutor since 1983, Brennan became the first woman appointed as New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor in 1998. The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor is the primary narcotics prosecution agency in New York City. It handles an average of 3,000 indictments a year, prosecutes national and international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, and oversees large-scale operations targeting drug gangs in New York City neighborhoods. In addition to being a former Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau, Brennan has overseen some of the most significant narcotics investigations in the country. Brennan obtained a J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School, and holds a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

Douglas Berman is the Robert J. Watkins/Procter & Gamble Professor of Law at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Berman earned his A.B. in philosophy at Princeton University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Berman’s principal teaching and research focuses on criminal law and sentencing, the death penalty, and clinical education, and he also has teaching and practice experience in the fields of legislation and intellectual property. Berman is the co-author of a casebook, Sentencing Law and Policy: Cases, Statutes and Guidelines, published by Aspen Publishers. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and also now serves as co-managing editor of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

Brennan and Berman’s lectures are sponsored by the Grinnell College Rosenfield Program in International Relations, Human Rights and Public Affairs. For more information about their appearances at Grinnell, contact Sarah Purcell,, 641-269-3091. Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college web site. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or