Law School Hosts ABA Roundtable on Criminal Justice System

Lexington, VA Thursday, November 18, 2010


James E. Moliterno
On Friday, Nov. 19, Washington and Lee University School of Law plays host to an American Bar Association (ABA) Roundtable on the current efforts to revise the Standards for the Defense and Prosecution Functions.

W&L is among ten law schools that the ABA has commissioned to host these discussions. The roundtable participants include academics and respected practitioners who will discuss whether pending revisions to the ABA Criminal Justice Standards adequately guide prosecutors and defense lawyers on a number of ethical issues. The results will inform the drafters in their work to revise the Standards.

W&L Law professor Jim Moliterno, one of the nation's leading experts in legal professionalism and a participant in the ABA Roundtable, believes that revisions to the Standards hold the promise of addressing systemic failings of the justice system.

"Society places great faith in the fairness and accuracy of the criminal justice system, and inevitably, the roles of prosecutor and defense lawyer shape that system," says Moliterno. "Its failings diminish public confidence in the justice system to the detriment of us all."

Among the specific topics being discussed at the Roundtable are preventing and rectifying wrongful convictions, dealing with incriminating physical evidence, and disclosure of evidence. W&L professors J.D. King, Scott Sunday, Tim MacDonnell, and Erik Luna will also participate in the Roundtable.

The roundtable will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is open to the W&L community. 

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