Panel 1

Donald Trump’s Theatre of Pardoning: What Did We Learn?

This panel was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom. This panel set the stage for the two subsequent panels about the future of presidential pardoning, by asking basic questions about the role of a regular pardon process and the result of its having been sidelined by Trump. Panelists examined the unusual nature of President Donald Trump’s pardoning, looking at the grants themselves and the process that produced them, and considered whether Trump’s pardons were an aberration or the predictable result of trends in pardoning over the past thirty years.

The event was hosted by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.




Frank Bowman, Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Amy Povah, founder, CAN-DO Justice through Clemency
Kenneth Vogel, New York Times


Margaret Love, executive director, Collateral Consequences Resource Center and former U.S. Pardon Attorney