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College of Law to Present 31st Annual Law Review Symposium

Mar 14, 2008

"Press, Publicity and the Law: The media in high-profile trials" will be the subject of Ohio Northern University's 31st annual Law Review Symposium in the Claude W. Pettit College of Law beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17.

Victor Streib, ONU Fisher Professor of Law, will serve as the symposium moderator. Streib, along with four other legal experts, will discuss a wide range of topics concerning the media's involvement in high-profile cases. Streib has taught criminal law and ethics to more than 5,000 students in six institutions. He is nationally known for his work in researching death penalty cases, has written numerous books and articles, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A luncheon will feature remarks from noted criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman of Brafman and Associates. Brafman graduated from the ONU College of Law school in 1974 and has represented a wide range of high-profile celebrities such as Sean "Puffy" Combs and Michael Jackson.

Janis L. McDonald, associate professor at Syracuse University School of Law, will discuss "Heroes and Spoilers: Trial Dilemmas Created by Media Investigations of Unsolved Civil Rights Era Murders."

Richard J. Peltz, professor of law at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, will discuss "Fifteen Minutes of Infamy: Privileged Reporting and the Problem of Perpetual Reputational Harm."

Susan H. Duncan, associate professor of law at the University of Louisville, will discuss "Selective Use of Sub Judice: Do We Need It in the United States?"

Kevin C. McMunigal, Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss "Strategic and Ethical Risks Posed by Client Media Campaigns."

Streib will conclude the presentations by talking about "Ethics, Politics and Publicity in High-Profile Criminal Cases."
The symposium has been approved for 5.0 CLE credits (including 1.0 hour of Ethics). Registration information is available online at or by calling (419) 772-2248.

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