Monday, April 13, 2009

The State and the Law A Discussion on the Prosecution of Crime With Richard Devine, Locke Bowman and Dean David Yellen


Ceremonial Courtroom – 10th Floor
25 E. Pearson. Chicago, IL 60611
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

4 - 6 pm - Monday, April 13th

What causes wrongful convictions? How widespread is the problem? Are prosecutors too close to the police? What is the role of scientific evidence? Please join the Loyola National Lawyers Guild for a candid discussion on criminal prosecution with Richard A. Devine, Locke Bowman and Loyola's own Dean David Yellen. This discussion will be informative and wide-ranging, addressing some of the most important questions involving the state’s decision to take away a person’s freedom.

This event is free and open to the public!

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Richard A. Devine, a visiting faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, was State’s Attorney of Cook County, Illinois from 1996-2008. As Cook County State’s Attorney, Richard Devine led the nation’s second largest prosecutor’s office, supervising a staff of more than 2,000, including more than 900 attorneys and a $106 million annual budget. A lawyer for over 35 years, he has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Locke E. Bowman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School and the Director of the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center. His work focuses on cases involving police misconduct, compensation of the wrongfully convicted, the rights of the media in the criminal justice system, and firearms control. Based on votes from fellow attorneys, Chicago Magazine named Bowman an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in 2005 and 2006 for his work in constitutional law and civil rights.

David N. Yellen has been Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law since July 2005. Dean Yellen's major area of academic expertise is criminal law, particularly sentencing and juvenile justice. He has written widely about the federal sentencing guidelines, testified before the United States Sentencing Commission, advised President Clinton's transition team and argued before the United States Supreme Court. He has served as professor and Dean at Hofstra Law School, and has taught at other distinguished law schools around the country.

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