University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public Leadership Board
Meeting Agenda

Monday, June 25, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
UW-Madison Union South
1308 W Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715

Room TBD by Union nearer to meeting date.
Please check “Today in the Union” (TITU) listing to confirm location upon arrival.

1. Call to Order

2. Introductions
a. Board Members
b. Audience Members

3. Approval of Minutes of April 30, 2018 and June 12, 2018 Open Session Meetings

4. Discussion and Approval of Metrics by which to Judge the Director (ACTION ITEM)
The Board may move to meet in closed session pursuant to Stat. §19.85(1)(c). This notice is to inform the public that the Board will convene in open session, but may move to closed session. The Commission plans to return to open session following the closed session.

5. Selection of Center Director (ACTION ITEM)
The Board may move to meet in closed session pursuant to Stat. §19.85(1)(c). This notice is to inform the public that the Board will convene in open session, but may move to closed session. The Commission plans to return to open session following the closed session.

6. Discussion and Approval of Updated Mission Statement (ACTION ITEM)

7. Discussion and Approval of the updated Call for Proposals: Faculty Research Awards (ACTION ITEM)

8. Discussion and Approval of Outside Speaker Awards Memo (ACTION ITEM)

9. Discussion of FY19 Timelines

10. Discussion with Faculty Advisory Committee and Public Leadership Board regarding the Selection of Research Award and Conference Topics

11. Selection of Research Award and Conference Topics (ACTION ITEM)

12. Discussion and Approval of FY2019 Budget (ACTION ITEM)

13. Schedule for and Timing of Future Board Meetings
a. Frequency of Meetings
b. Specific Dates
c. Preferred Timeframes
d. Preferred Locations

14. Future Agenda Items

Compliance with Wisconsin Open Meetings Law:

To comply with Wisconsin Open Meetings Law requirements under Wis. Stat. § 19.84, written notice of this meeting was provided at least 24 hours prior to this meeting date to the Wisconsin State Journal, The Wheeler Report, Wisconsin Radio Network, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and was posted on the Thompson Center website on June 20, 2018 at

Leadership On and Off the Field with Dr. George E. Koonce Jr. – The Dr. of Defense : Register Now

May 3
University of Wisconsin – Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706

George Koonce is a former linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and is now a Ph.D. and Vice President at Marion University in Fond du lac. He writes books and speaks on behalf of the NFL and the Packers on a regular basis. He has a wonderful story of challenges and struggles and overcoming all, and his advice can aid leaders today as he discusses how we can live a servant leadership lifestyle.

Fall 2018

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.

Spring 2019

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.

Criminal Justice ReformApril 26-27                              Register Now

How can state policymakers revise the criminal justice system so that it is more cost-efficient and liberty-enhancing 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. This free two-day long conference of policymakers and academics from both the left and the right will focus on three broad topics that promise to engender bipartisan support and helpful discussions:

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?

Note: The Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners has approved 9.5 continuing legal education (CLE) credits for this event.

The conference begins at 9:00 AM on Thursday, April 26 and ends at lunch time on Friday April 27. It will be held at the Monona Terrace. Lunch will be provided on April 26 for all panelists and registered attendees. Grover Norquist will provide the keynote address during lunch. Norquist has worked in recent years to reform the criminal justice system across the states.

Carpenter, Dick M. “Reforming Civil Forfeiture.”
Cohen, Derek M. “The Vestigial Use of Civil Asset Forfeiture.”
Doleac, Jennifer L. and Benjamin Hansen. “The unintended consequences of ‘ban the box:’ Statistical discrimination and employment outcomes when criminal histories are hidden.”
Hutchins, Renée McDonald. “Policing the Prosecutor: Race, the Fourth Amendment, and the Prosecution of Criminal Cases.”
Johnson, Brian D. “The Power of the Prosecutor.”
Snead, Jason and John Malcolm. “An Overview of Recent State-Level Forfeiture Reforms;” “Civil Asset Forfeiture: Good Intentions Gone Awry
and the Need for Reform.”

Styler, Paige. “Procedural Justice and the Impact of Prosecutorial Discretion.”
Thompson, Sandra Guerra. “Remedying the Crisis of Fines, Fees, and Other Criminal Justice Charges.”
Governor Tommy Thompson. “Help Solve Wisconsin’s Coming Labor Shortage by Rehabilitating Prisoners.”


The Thompson Center would like to thank the National Federalist Society, the Madison Chapter of the Federalist Society, the National American Constitution Society, the Madison Lawyer Chapter, and the Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for their support for this conference.

Governor Thompson recently published this op-ed on the need to reform Wisconsin’s prisons to address, among other things, the coming labor shortage.



April 26:

8:30-9:00. Registration and check-in: Monona Terrace Center

9:00-9:15. Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Governor Tommy G. Thompson
Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens

9:15-10:30. Panel 1: Prisoner Re-entry:

Professor Jennifer Doleac (University of Virginia)
Jon Ponder (HOPE for Prisoners)
Professor Lahny Silva (Indiana Law)
Moderator: Professor Michael Massoglia

10:30-10:45. Break

10:45-12:00. Panel 2: Prisoner Re-entry:

Heather Rice-Minus (Prison Fellowship)
David Safavian (American Conservative Union)
Robert L. Woodson, Sr.
(Woodson Center)
Professor Michael Massoglia

12:00-1:30. Lunch and Keynote Address.

1:45-3:15. Panel 3: Prosecutorial Discretion:

Todd Graves (Graves Gerrett LLC)
Steve Hurley (Hurley Burish & Stanton)
Professor Renée Hutchins (UM Carey Law)
Professor Brian Johnson (University of Maryland)
Judge Randy Koschnick, Director of State Courts
Moderator: Professor Cecelia M. Klingele

3:15-3:30. Break

3:30-5:00. Panel 4: Prosecutorial Discretion:

Paul Connell (WI Atty General office)
Professor Michael Light (UW-Madison)
Caroline Sarnoff (Measures for Justice)
Paige Styler (Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office)
Moderator: Professor Cecelia M. Klingele

5:00-5:10. Concluding Remarks

April 27:

9:00-10:15. Panel 5: Civil Forfeiture:

Dr. Dick Carpenter (Institute for Justice)
Derek Cohn (Texas Public Policy Foundation)
Tom Lyons (Right on Crime)
Jason Snead (Heritage Foundation)
Moderator: UW-Madison Senior Rachel Zierden

10:15-10:30. Break

10:30-12:00. Panel 6: Fines and Fees:

Dean A. Mazzone (MA Atty General Office)
John Richter (King and Spalding)
Professor Ebony Ruhland (Cincinnati Law)
Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson (Houston Law)
Moderator: UW-Madison Senior Rachel Zierden