Widener Law to host conference on high-profile criminal cases
Public Relations - Published: October 16, 2012

Associate Professor Jules Epstein, who is coordinating the program, talks about the upcoming event.

Widener Law will examine four recent criminal cases that have captivated the nation in a half-day program that explores the legal, ethical and social policy issues each presents for the American justice system. Topics will range from representing defendants in high-profile sexual assault cases, “Stand Your Ground” laws and issues in self-defense cases, and turning an ordinary criminal case into a vehicle for reforming how courts treat eyewitness evidence.

The program “High Profile, High Impact Criminal Cases” happens Friday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on the Widener Law campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. It is presented by Widener’s Taishoff Advocacy, Technology and Public Service Institute.

Attorney speakers include:

Jeffrey Lindy, a member of the defense team for Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia, the most senior Catholic Church official convicted in connection with the church’s lengthy child sex abuse scandal. He was sentenced in July to three to six years in jail for covering up sex abuse by priests.

Joshu Harris, a Philadelphia assistant district attorney and a member of an American Bar Association task force on “Stand Your Ground” laws, which have been invoked in the Trayvon Martin shooting case out of Florida.

Joshua Sanders, a New Jersey Public Defender Office appellate attorney who helped spearhead the defense of Larry Henderson. Witness identification issues in Henderson’s manslaughter case led the New Jersey Supreme Court to revolutionize how eyewitness-based prosecutions will be handled in the future to reduce the risk of mistaken identifications.

Joseph Amendola, lead defense counsel for Jerry Sandusky in the Penn State child sex abuse case.

Attorneys from Delaware and Pennsylvania who attend will be eligible for four continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit. New Jersey attorneys can self report to their state continuing legal education board with a Widener Law certificate of attendance. Registration for those who attend for credit is $80, or $70 for Widener Law alumni. The cost is $60 for public interest attorneys or members of the judiciary. Registration includes continental breakfast and materials. To register, contact Constance Sweeney at cmsweeney@widener.edu or call 302.477.2177.

More information on the program, including a registration form, is available at law.widener.edu/highprofilecases.

The media is invited and encouraged to attend at no cost. Those planning to come are asked to notify Widener Law Public Relations at 302.477.2175 in advance so we may anticipate your attendance.