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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Terrorism Expert to Speak At Northwestern

U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, one of the world's foremost prosecutors of terrorism, will deliver the keynote speech at Northwestern Law's annual Short Courses program with a presentation entitled “The Rule of Law, and the Prosecution and Defense of Terrorism Cases."  Held concurrently, the 60th Annual Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys and 48th Annual Short Course for Defense Lawyers in Criminal Cases will take place July 25 through July 28 at Northwestern University School of Law, 357 E. Chicago Ave. 

Touted for his unrelenting work ethic, Fitzgerald has been prosecuting terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden and Omar Abdel Rahman since the early ‘90s. He has received various Attorney General Awards and has served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois since September 1, 2001.         

Today's criminal lawyers must understand the possibilities and limitations of forensic evidence and technology in criminal investigations. The Short Courses will feature a comprehensive look at recent forensic developments. Experts will present sessions on DNA analysis, forensic pathology, crime scene investigation, gunshot residue and fingerprint analysis, and computer forensics. A roundtable session will address today's emerging issues in the admissibility and reliability of forensic evidence allowing participants and experts a forum for discussion.

Established in 1936, the Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys is the oldest continuing legal education program in the country. The course was founded to enable members of the prosecution bar to learn about scientific crime detection and trial techniques, and to permit an exchange of information and viewpoints. The Short Course for Defense Lawyers was created in 1958 to provide the defense bar with the same opportunities for advanced education and professional interaction.

Tuition for the course is $750. For full program details or to request a program brochure, call (312) 503-8932 or visit www.law.northwestern.edu/professionaled.  [Mark Godsey]

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