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Appellate Advocacy to debate life without parole for juveniles

The Honors course Appellate Advocacy will present oral arguments on the topic “Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juvenile Offenders” at 6:30 p;.m., Tuesday, May 1, in Law 129.

A five-member bench will hear the oral arguments. Serving as Chief Justice for the exercise will be Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp, BA’73, JD’76. Joining him will be Alicia Hawley, a Chicago-based attorney who does white collar defense; Jim Wagoner, a Louisville-based attorney who does employment law; Jason Butler, a former Louisville prosecutor now in criminal defense practice; and Dan Herron, a former prosecutor and currently a professor at Miami University. Butler is the youngest prosecutor in Kentucky to win a death penalty case.

For the petitioner, student advocates are: Shane Bogusz, a sophomore in pharmacy from Belmar, N.J.; Daniella Chambers, a senior in international studies from Fremont, Ohio; Robert Fernandez, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Mount Vernon, Ohio; Tyson Miller, a freshman in theatre arts fro Marblehead, Mass.; and Nathan Shay, a sophomore in civil engineering from Enon, Ohio.

For the respondent, student advocates are:  Katie Deeter, a freshman in political science from Troy, Ohio; Alex Koenig, a senior in psychology from Menton, Ohio; Taylor Manahan, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Bellefontaine, Ohio; Melissa Michaud, a freshman in biochemistry from Becksville, Ohio, and Abby Thayer, a freshman in chemistry from Painesville, Ohio.

The oral arguments are opened to the public. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.