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2017 Conference

Mary Sue inspires us with how she began her crusade. This dynamic lady now leads Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, the NARSOL affiliate in Texas, but she began her journey not even knowing the names of her own state senator or representative. Now a well known figure at the Texas capitol with many connections to legislators and key staff members, she shares how you too can gain the ear of legislators and help influence the formulation of public policy.

Recorded at NARSOL’s conference, Building a Strong Foundation for Advocacy, June 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Philip Telfayen discusses the case of McGuire v. Strange (Alabama) which is awaiting a decision in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Telfayen explains why Alabama’s sex offender registration law is the most debilitating in the country, the constitutional issues asserted,
how this registration law has adversely impacted Alabamans like Michael McGuire, and why the law needs to change.

Recorded at NARSOL’s conference, Building a Strong Foundation for Advocacy, June 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Restrictions on people convicted of sex offenses do little to protect society but take an enormous toll on the people restricted and their families, not to mention run afoul of core constitutional principles. Mr. Gerding discusses challenges to North Carolina restrictions on people convicted of sex offenses. In particular, he discusses how North Carolina enacted some of the country’s most restrictive premises and internet restrictions and the history of constitutional challenges to those restrictions.

Recorded at NARSOL’s conference, Building a Strong Foundation for Advocacy, June 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.


The Supreme Court and lower courts have typically upheld sex offender laws and sentencing policies in the face of constitutional and other legal challenges based on the belief that the recidivism risk of sex offenders is “frighteningly high.” These courts also tend to accept assertions by elected officials based on scientific studies that are often not appropriately supportive. In other words, officials tend to use junk science on which to base their restrictive policies. Dr. Hamilton reviews recent “wins” where certain courts have been willing to refute junk science in favor of more accurate scientific results, thus potentially creating momentum for other courts to revisit their assumptions.

Recorded at NARSOL’s conference, Building a Strong Foundation for Advocacy, June 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Recent successes in legal challenges to sex offender statutes have been built upon a combination of strong factual records built by the plaintiffs and the demand for evidence supporting the state’s deprivation of fundamental liberties. Atty. Dubbeling shows how we must expand upon these successes and confront the judicial presumption that “sex offenders” are uniquely dangerous in a way that justifies the deprivation of basic civil liberties, and we must do it with concrete facts and evidence.

Recorded at NARSOL’s conference, Building a Foundation for Effective Advocacy, June 1-3, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.