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Douglas A. Berman

Of Counsel
Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215
Direct614.463.9441
Fax614.463.1108
dberman@slk-law.com

Assistant

K.C. Klusty
Direct614.628.4420
kklusty@slk-law.com

Douglas A. Berman serves as Of Counsel and focuses on white collar defense, post-conviction remedies, appeals and policy advocacy. He provides strategic litigation advice on various cutting-edge federal sentencing issues.

Doug is also a Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His principal area of teaching and research focus is criminal law and criminal sentencing, though he also has teaching and practice experience in the fields of litigation and intellectual property. He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Punishment and Sentencing, Criminal Procedure - Investigation, The Death Penalty, Legislation, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Second Amendment Seminar and the Legislation Clinic.

Doug attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In law school, he was an editor and development office chair of the Harvard Law Review and also served as a teaching assistant for a Harvard University philosophy course. After graduation from law school in 1993, he served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In addition, he is the sole creator and author of the widely read and widely cited blog, Sentencing Law and Policy. The blog now receives nearly 100,000 page views per month. His work on the Sentencing Law and Policy blog, which he describes as a form of “scholarship in action,” has been profiled or discussed at length in articles appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Legal Affairs magazine, Lawyers Weekly USA, Legal Times, Columbus Monthly, and in numerous other print and online publications.


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03.28.2018Texas completed fourth execution on 2018
03.28.2018Latest update on battles over criminal justice reform inside the Trump Administration
03.28.2018"Recidivism Among Federal Offenders Receiving Retroactive Sentence Reductions: The 2011 Fair Sentencing Act Guideline Amendment"
03.28.2018"What If Prosecutors Wanted to Keep People Out of Prison?"
03.27.2018Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes yet another death sentence
03.27.2018"The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers"
03.27.2018SCOTUS day for considering rules for prison sentence modification based on changed guidelines
03.27.2018"The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice"
03.27.2018After botched effort last month, Alabama agrees not to try again to execute Doyle Lee Hamm
03.26.2018High-profile New Jersey case highlights many challenges of sentencing drunk drivers who kill (and appellate review of sentences)
03.26.2018"Deviancy, Disability, and Dependency: The Forgotten History of Eugenics and Mass Incarceration"
03.25.2018"Prison Crime and the Economics of Incarceration"
03.23.2018Interesting (and important?) new polling data on the death penalty
03.23.2018En banc Sixth Circuit rejects, with some dubitante, effort to extend Sixth Amendment right to counsel to preindictment plea negotiations
03.23.2018Brennen Center releases new report: "Criminal Justice: An Election Agenda for Candidates, Activists, and Legislators"
03.23.2018New spending bill includes a lot more money for Justice Department to fight drug war even harder
11.09.2017"The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline"
11.09.2017Florida and Texas carry out executions on same night
11.08.2017"An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane"
11.08.2017Another notable set of Election Day results for the criminal justice reform movement
11.08.2017House members reintroduce the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act
11.07.2017A number of executions in a number of states generating a number of notable stories and commentary
11.07.2017Prez Trump promises "crime will be gone" if Virginians elect the right governor
11.07.2017"Criminal Justice and the Mattering of Lives"
11.07.2017Interesting account of "Five myths about white collar crime"
11.06.2017Ohio legislator claims condemned inmates "don't like" her bill to abolish death penalty
11.06.2017Spotlighting challenges facing federal prosecutors in capital pursuit of Sayfullo Saipov
11.06.2017Two notable summary reversals from SCOTUS after circuits failed, yet again, to properly follow AEDPA
11.06.2017NAAUSA and six other law enforcement groups write to Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, per the attached letter.
11.05.2017Seeking experiences and thoughts on Marsy's Law, especially from prosecutors, as Ohio prepares to vote
11.05.2017In praise of an extraordinary new resource, "Reforming Criminal Justice"

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Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, Harvard Law Review, Editor and Development Office Chair, 1993
  • A.B., Philosophy, Princeton University

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  • New York
  • Ohio, Pending

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