"Current Issues in Criminal Law"
March 31, 2011 - April 1, 2011
Students were invited to two programs that included a supper discussion about U.S. criminal law with federal appellate court judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and an international videoconference with students studying law at the University of Victoria (Canada) focused on the way the criminal law in the United States and Canada deal with issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and class. David F. Hamilton served 15 years as a federal trial judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana before being appointed in 2009 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Barack Obama, in the first judicial nomination of his presidency. Since October 2010, Judge Hamilton has maintained his chambers in the IU Maurer School of Law. Students planning to participate in the Friday videoconference session were able to draw on his expertise in the discussion to help prepare for the conversation with the Canadian students the following day. On Friday, IU students and students from the University of Victoria in Canada joined in a videoconference for a discussion of the roles race, gender, ethnicity, and class play in the law and the administration of justice in the two countries. Previous law experience was not required, but some relevant background materials were distributed among attendees to help prepare students for the conference. The programs were co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.