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June 15, 2006

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or Cynthia Cohen, Verdict Success, (310) 351-2255 (cell).

Attorneys, Journalists and Trial Consultants Discuss Image of the Legal Profession and Death Penalty Issues

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AUSTIN, Texas — A program that brings together journalists, judges, attorneys, and trial consultants for a dialogue on the perceptions of the legal profession within the broader scope of death penalty and actual innocence issues will be held at The University of Texas School of Law on Friday, June 16.

Steven Goode, the interim dean of the School of Law, will welcome participants and panelists to the program, which is titled, “Justice or Injustice in America: The ABA Section of Litigation’s Task Force on Image of the Profession Dialogues Texas Style.”

Journalism students from the University and trial consultants from across the country have been invited to attend the panel discussion in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. For maps and directions go to: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/parking.html.

Panelists include Cynthia Cohen, Ph.D. (moderator), Verdict Success; Bill Allison, UT Law, director of the Actual Innocence Clinic; Scott Atlas, a litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Mike Graczyk, Associated Press; Rob Owen, UT Law, director of the Capital Punishment Clinic; U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Pitman, Western District of Texas, Austin Division; and Jo Ann Zuniga, Fox26 TV.

The program was sponsored by: the ABA Section of Litigation’s Task Force on the Image of the Profession, the UT School of Law, the UT School of Journalism, and the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), which is holding its 25th annual convention this week in Austin. Coordinators include Cynthia Cohen, ABA Section of Litigation’s Image of the Profession Taskforce and ASTC board member; Laura Castro, communications strategy manager, School of Law; Lorraine Branham, director, School of Journalism; and Kenneth T. Broda-Bahm, Ph.D., ASTC President-Elect.

Related Links:
American Bar Association Section of Litigation: http://www.abanet.org/litigation/committees/
The University of Texas School of Journalism: http://journalism.utexas.edu/
American Society of Trial Consultants: http://www.astcweb.org/
Actual Innocence Clinic at UT Law: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/clinics/innocence/
Capital Punishment Clinic at UT Law: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/clinics/capital/