Panel 3

Managing the Pardon Power: Should the Justice Department Remain the Gatekeeper?

This panel was held Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom. This panel rounds out the theme of the series by considering whether Donald Trump’s departure from past pardoning practices has paved the way for much-needed reforms in the process by which the president gets advice in pardon matters. The proposals our panelists provided are a hopeful sign that the future of the pardon power is brighter than its recent past.

This event was hosted by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University.




Rachel Barkow, vice dean and Charles Seligson Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Jeff Crouch, assistant professor of American politics, School of Public Affairs, American University
Paul J. Larkin Jr., Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation 
Margaret Love
, executive director, Collateral Consequences Resource Center and former U.S. Pardon Attorney


Douglas Berman, executive director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center