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Learning from the Duke Lacrosse Case: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Court and Special Interest Groups

Content Partner:  Duke University School of Law
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The Duke lacrosse case represents the most recent instance of an increasingly frequent
phenomenon in which the individuals and institutions involved in court proceedings
become the subjects of intense media scrutiny and the accompanying public debate and

The case and the media response to it have turned the spotlight on a number of fundamental legal issues common to high-profile cases, including the rights of free speech and of the press under the First Amendment; the ethical rules governing prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, and journalists; the historic importance in this country of public access to and scrutiny of our system of justice, particularly in criminal cases; and the desires of institutional and individual participants in the judicial process to defend themselves and safeguard their reputations in the face of public and media scrutiny.

The conference will provide a forum for addressing these broader issues. While the Duke lacrosse case offers a springboard for discussion, our expectation is that conference
participants will draw on their experiences with a wide array of high-profile cases to
facilitate discussion both of the practices of the bar and the media in such cases to date,
and of the policies and practices that should be developed for future cases if we are to
more effectively recognize and safeguard the competing interests of the various
participants in the process.

Topics for this discussion include:

  • The Role and Responsibility of Special Interest Groups
  • The Role and Responsibility of the Court


Practice Areas: Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Information Technology Law & E-Commerce
Online Media Type: Video, Audio
Production Date: 09/29/2007
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 2 Hours, 36 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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Total Credits: 2.5
Specialty Credits: Ethics 2.5
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: N/A
Training Type: Online

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David Sellers - Assistant Director for Public Affairs, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Washington, D.C
Professor Christopher H. Schroeder - Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies, Duke University School of Law
Gary A. Hengstler - Director, The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media, National Judicial College
Dori J. Maynard - President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert E. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Robert Entman - J.B. & M.C. Professor of Media and Public Affairs, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
Steven R. Shapiro - Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
David F. Levi - Dean, Duke University School of Law
Hon. LeRoy F. Millette, Jr. - Circuit Court for Prince William County, Manassas, VA
Hon. Reggie B. Walton - District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Scott Bullock - Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.
Kimberly A. Gross - Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
W. Terry Ruckriegle - Chief Judge, 5th Judicial District, Breckenridge. Colorado
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