Student-focused talk on criminal justice careers precedes panel discussion on prosecutors’ disclosure obligations
Public Relations - Published: October 5, 2010
SidneyButcherA panel discussion set for Thursday on the Delaware campus will be preceded by a talk intended for students, with a focus on navigating careers in the criminal justice system.

The talk for students, beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 in room L126, will feature attorney Sidney Butcher, an assistant state’s attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Office for the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.

Butcher is a graduate of Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Fla. and the University of Kansas School of Law. He is an active member of bar associations at every level: city, state and national. He is an active member if the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and serves on the division’s Public Service Committee, where he has volunteered for Our Daily Bread, serves as a mentor at Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School, and assisted with the YLD holiday party for homeless children. Sidney is active in the Maryland State Bar Association where he serves on the Public Awareness Committee, Judicial Appointments Committee and on the Young Lawyers’ Section Council. At a national level, Sidney serves as co-chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Membership Committee.

Butcher has assisted in putting together several panel discussions geared toward assisting young lawyers in their careers. He received best project award for a panel discussion he put together in 2009.

During his visit to Widener, Butcher may be joined by members of a blue-ribbon panel, which will kick off at 4 p.m.,   in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtoom. The panel discussion will focus on Brady discovery obligations. Brady material is evidence uncovered by the prosecution that could help prove the innocence of the accused, or could serve to reduce that person’s sentence. The term Brady comes from the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, in which the court ruled that prosecutors who withhold evidence favorable to the accused violate due process rights.

The free event is presented by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section’s White Collar Crime Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee. Bruce Green, co-chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein professor at Fordham University School of Law, will moderate the panel discussion.

The 4 p.m. panelists include:
  • Joe Hurley, an experienced and distinguished criminal defense attorney who is widely considered one of Delaware’s best.
  • Richard Andrews, former first assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware and current head of the criminal division of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
  • Edson Bostic, federal public defender for the District of Delaware, former member of Cozen O’Conner in Philadelphia.
  • Beth Moskow-Schnoll, former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, now a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia.
  • John Malik, respected long-time private criminal defense attorney with a trial and appellate practice in all state and federal courts.
Continuing legal education credits are available for attorneys who attend. There is no registration fee. The program is open to the public.

Attorneys planning to attend for CLE credit should register with Regina Ashmon at 202-662-1512 or ashmonr@staff.abanet.org.