Criminal Justice Reform
How can state policymakers revise the criminal justice system so that it is more cost-efficient without damaging the safety of the community? This is the broad question that the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership seeks to answer with a multi-day conference on criminal justice reform in the spring of 2018. The Center seeks funding to host a two-day long conference of policymakers and academics from both the left and the right that focuses on three broad topics:
1. How can state policymakers reform prisoner re-entry so that prisoners returning to the workforce have the skills they need to obtain and maintain employment in jobs that are under-filled?
2. How can state policymakers reform prosecutorial discretion in a manner that it is fair to defendants but also affords prosecutors the powers they legitimately need to enforce the law and obtain revenue?
3. How can state policymakers reform civil forfeiture in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution and protects individual property rights?
Leadership Principles and Practice
How can public leaders govern more effectively? What principles and practices lead to success for public leaders? How do those principles and practices differ from leaders in the private sector? This conference will bring together some of the best empirical leadership scholars in the country to examine the conditions under which leaders can govern effectively.
Attracting Citizens to Public Service
In a republic like ours, it is important that citizens take their turn at public service. But how can we ensure that even greater numbers of capable citizens become public servants? This conference will examine the factors that lead people to run for elected offices (legislative, executive, and judicial), to decide to become public servants, and what needs to be done to attract a broader base of people seeking to enter public service.
November 17, 2017
Leadership Across the Branches
As one of its first acts, the Thompson Center will host a conference called “Leadership Across the Branches,” a conference devoted to identifying leadership skills among public officials and disseminating that knowledge. The conference will be a one-day public event in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, November 17, 2017. It will showcase esteemed individuals from both parties from the judicial, executive, and legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Panelists will discuss an aspect of leadership in their work and offer suggestions on where more leadership and collegiality are needed. Panels will take place throughout the day. One panel will focus on Leadership in Congress; another on Leadership in the State Legislature; another will address Public Leadership From the Media’s Perspective; another on Leadership in the Executive Branch; and one on Leadership and the Courts. After the conference concludes, the Center will synthesize attendee remarks into a publication.
Conference speakers will have much to convey about effective and collegial public leadership practices from which we can all borrow. It promises to be an excellent way for leaders across the branches to speak to one another’s needs as they work together.
Registration and check-in: Fluno Center
The Fluno Center will provide a continental spread for breakfast, which includes assorted granola, and breakfast bars, yogurt, and whole fruit.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Panel 1: Leadership in Congress:
Moderator: Professor Eleanor Powell (UW-Madison)
Speaker 1: Paul Carver (former policy advisor to Rep. Dave Obey)
Speaker 2: Representative Glenn Grothman
Speaker 3: Mark Hadley (Congressional Budget Office)
Speaker 4: Former Representative Scott Klug
General questions: What kinds of leadership practices in Congress have you seen work and fail? Where is more leadership necessary? What makes for an effective leader in Congress?
Break for snacks
Panel 2: Leadership in the State Legislature
Moderator: Professor Hilary Shager (UW-Madison)
Speaker 1: Speaker Robin Vos
Speaker 2: Minority Leader Gordon Hintz
Speaker 3: Majority Leader Jim Steineke
Speaker 4: Former Speaker and Ambassador Tom Loftus
General questions: What kinds of leadership practices in the state legislature have you seen work and fail? How can party leaders work together in today’s nationally polarized environment?
Panelists will take lunch in the dining room of the Fluno Center, which is across the hall from the main auditorium. Registered guests can enjoy sandwiches laid out near the auditorium.
Panel 3: Public Leadership From the Media’s Perspective
Moderator: Professor Michael Wagner (UW-Madison)
Speaker 1: A.B. Stoddard (The Hill)
Speaker 2: Manu Raju (CNN)
Speaker 3: Joy Cardin (formerly of Wisconsin Public Radio)
Speaker 4: David Tabacoff (former Fox News Executive)
General questions: What kind of leadership practices appear to work from the media’s perspective? What kind of actions can leaders take when dealing with the media to accomplish their goals more effectively?
Panel 4: Leadership and the Executive Branch
Moderator: Professor Susan Yackee
Speaker 1: Secretary Ray Allen
Speaker 2: David Maraniss
Speaker 3: Ave Bie
General questions: having worked in various executive agencies and executive positions, what kinds of leadership practices do you believe work? Who were some of the most effective leaders you have observed, and why were they effective? Where is more executive leadership necessary today?
Break for snacks
Panel 5: Leadership and the Courts
Moderator: Professor Ryan Owens
Speaker 1: Chief Justice Patience Roggensack
Speaker 2: Former US Solicitor General Paul Clement
Speaker 3: Judge Michael R. Fitzpatrick
Speaker 4: Professor Miriam Seifter (UW Law)
Speaker 5: State Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin
General questions: What can court officials do to prevent the polarization we see elsewhere? Where is more leadership needed today in the court systems? Who have been the most effective judges in terms of leadership?
Chancellor Rebecca Blank
Professor Ryan Owens