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Panel discussion Oct. 9 at Wayne Law to focus on diversity in criminal prosecution

October 02, 2013

DETROIT — A panel discussion about cultural diversity in prosecution and its importance to the American criminal justice system will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Wayne State University Law School.

Panelists will be attorney James L. Feinberg of James L. Feinberg & Associates; Judge Patricia Fresard of Wayne County Circuit Court; Wayne Law Professor Peter Henning; and Barbara L. McQuade, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The discussion is sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan and Wayne Law’s Career Services Office.

The free event will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The discussion is open to the public, and lunch will be provided. RSVP via email to Krystal Gardner at kgardner@wayne.edu. Parking is available for $6.50 in the structure across Palmer Street from Wayne Law.

Feinberg, who concentrates his practice on criminal defense, is the founder of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan and one of the founding members of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He is a 1968 graduate of Wayne Law.

Fresard is the first Hispanic female judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court, where she has served since 1999. She began her legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Macomb County and served there as chief of sex crimes.

Henning teaches White Collar Crime, Criminal Procedure and other courses. Before he joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1994, he had worked as a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

McQuade, the first woman to serve in her post, was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2010. She was an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit for 12 years and served as deputy chief of the National Security Unit, where she prosecuted cases involving terrorism financing, foreign agents, export violations and threats. During her career as a federal prosecutor, she also prosecuted cases involving violent crime, fraud and racketeering.



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