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Lecture in Trial Advocacy February 22

April 09, 2007


Prof. SchefferWayne State University Law School is pleased to announce that David Scheffer, a former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, will deliver the 23rd annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy on Thursday, February 22, 2007.

Professor Scheffer’s lecture, “Litigation Strategies at the International Criminal Tribunals” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State University Law School, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit.  The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Professor Scheffer is the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. He teaches International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. He was previously the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation in U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court.
During his ambassadorship, Scheffer negotiated and coordinated U.S. support for the establishment and operation of international and hybrid criminal tribunals and U.S. responses to atrocities. He also headed the Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group. During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Scheffer served as senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and served from 1993 through 1996 on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council.

Scheffer recently held visiting professorships at Northwestern Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and George Washington University Law School and taught earlier at Duke University School of Law and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He has published extensively on international legal and political issues and appears regularly in the national and international media. He is a CNN Legal Analyst.

The I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy was established through the generosity of the family of the late I. Goodman Cohen, a prominent trial attorney who was active in the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.  Each year, a leading jurist is invited to the Law School to deliver a public lecture on an aspect of trial advocacy.  In addition, the speaker is invited to informal meetings with students and faculty.  The Lecture is intended to supplement the Law School’s training program in trial skills and to add to the variety of professional perspectives students receive during their time at the Law School.

Professor Scheffer’s lecture is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in Structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50.  For further information, please contact Robin Dortenzio, (313) 577-3934.

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