IJPM Faculty Fellow to present, “Supreme Court Justices’ Leadership Styles”

February 9, 2012

As part of IJPM’s Faculty Fellows Colloquia, Professor Jeremy Blumenthal will present “Supreme Court Justices’ Leadership Styles” on February 9, 2012 at the College of Law Heritage Lounge. Professor Blumenthal received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard and his Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude. He is widely published on the topics of law and psychology and this is sure to be an engaging event.

Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? The Ethics and Politics of Allowing Judges to Advocate Controversial Views

November 12, 2011

Elected officials, interest groups, and the media often pressure judges to reveal information about their personal beliefs and to explain how these beliefs affect judicial decision making.  Most judges refuse to respond to such pressure in an effort to maintain judicial independence and the appearance of impartiality.  Are judges choosing the right path?  Would judges better serve the cause of judicial independence if they openly aired their personal views? Please join us for a panel discussion featuring the Hon. Joanne Alper, distinguished SU alumna and sitting judge, and Professor Charles Gardner Geyh, one of the nation’s leading authorities on judicial ethics. IJPM Director Keith Bybee will moderate. This event is co-sponsored by the SU Office of Alumni Relations and the Tully Center for Free Speech.

For a full bio of the particpants and the moderator please click the names below:
Hon. Joanne Alper

Professor Charles Gardner Geyh

IJPM Director, Professor Keith Bybee

Fourth Annual Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series

January 26, 2011 – April 13, 2011

Guest Speakers:

January 26:  “Our Societal Panic: Why Our Tax and Economic Debates Are Irrational”

David Cay Johnston, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law and Whitman School of Management

February 2 (CANCELLED): “Freedom of Information: The Legacy and the Future”

Robert Freeman, Executive Director, Committee on Open Government

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The Toughest Call – The Lake Pleasant Murder Case

November 4, 2010

A lawyer knows where the body is buried.  Must he tell?

Frank H. Armani stands as a role model for legal ethics and is widely regarded as a hero within the legal profession.  In 1973, Mr. Armani was appointed to defend Robert Garrow, the accused murderer in the Lake Pleasant murder case.  During his interviews with Garrow, Mr. Armani learned of the location of at least two additional victims murdered by Garrow, even as the families of these victims still searched for their daughters.  As a result, Mr. Armani was torn between his concern for the two victims’ families and his attorney-client obligation to Garrow.  Mr. Armani made an immeasurable personal sacrifice during his representation of Robert Garrow and in the face of inconceivable opposition, strengthened our legal system by personifying what it means to be a lawyer.  The Honorable Norman A. Mordue was the lead prosecuting attorney against Robert Garrow in the case, which eventually led to Garrow’s murder conviction.

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