|Law students sponsor two speakers|
The week of March 24 will provide a wonderful opportunity for the UND community to attend several different presentations at the School of Law. The Student Trial Lawyers Association is sponsoring two speakers and would like to invite the public to a pair of insightful discussions that have been a highly debated topic in the legal community:
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, Baker Courtroom.
Stephen G. Harvey is a Philadelphia attorney who, along with others, represented Tammy Kitzmiller and other parents in their suit which revolved around the controversy of teaching intelligent design in public schools. Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 400 F.Supp.2d 707 (D. Penn. 2005). The school board required that intelligent design be taught to ninth grade students. The parents sued and the court granted an injunction against the school district reasoning that the policy violated the Lemon test and therefore the First Amendment Establishment Clause which was incorporated to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. Mr. Harvey will discuss the case, the controversy, and the aftermath from a lawyer's point of view.
In the Limelight or Lost in It? The Victim and the Victim's Family during a High Profile Trial. 3 p.m., Friday, March 28, Baker Courtroom.
This presentation features Drew Wrigley, United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota, and Linda Walker, Dru Sjodin's mother. Drew Wrigley will update the audience on the pending appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez, Junior, who was convicted and sentenced to death for Dru Sjodin's kidnapping which resulted in her death. The focus of this presentation will not be the case itself but rather the role the victim and her family played in it. Linda Walker will discuss her experience and emotion as she followed the developments in her daughter's case for three years. Both speakers will discuss the effectiveness of our current system in recognizing the role of the victim and improvements which could be made.