Panel Two: Neuroscience and Sentencing Policy

Criminal Behavior and the Brain — 2 of 5 from Fordham Law School on Vimeo.

Panel Two focuses on broad policy implications of neuroscience on the law, specifically in the area of sentencing.  The first presentation addresses the sentencing of juvenile offenders (Bonnie, Steinberg & Scott).  The second presentation (Blume & Johnson) describes neuroscience research findings regarding the role of empathy in sentencing policy.  The third presentation discusses the role of neuroscience in the context of racial sentencing disparity (Donald).  The fourth presentation (Gertner) provides a general overview of the influence that neuroscience may have on sentencing policy.


  • John H. Blume: Samuel F. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques; Director of Clinical, Advocacy and Skills Programs; Director of the Cornell Death Penalty Project:  Cornell Law School
  • Richard J. Bonnie: Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law; Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science; Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy:  University of Virginia School of Law
  • Bernice B. Donald: Judge, United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit
  • Nancy Gertner: Judge (Ret.), United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Senior Lecturer on Law:  Harvard Law School
  • Sheri Lynn Johnson: Associate Dean for Public Engagement; James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law:  Cornell Law School
  • Elizabeth S. Scott: Harold R. Medina Professor of Law:  Columbia Law School


  • Tanya K. Hernandez: Professor of Law:  Fordham Law School