A plug for my law school and a CLE event in Atlanta–

UNC School of Law is pleased to present –

"Lessons Learned in the Nifong Case"

A two-hour CLE program presented by Richard E. Myers II,
Assistant Professor of Law at UNC School of Law

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Troutman Sanders LLP
600 Peachtree Street, NE
53rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
(404) 885-3000

Directions are available at  Troutman Sanders.

A reception with Dean Jack Boger will follow the CLE program.

Please note: One hour of ethics credit and one hour of general credit are pending with the State Bar of Georgia.

Program Details:

In response to failures related to the investigation of rape allegations involving members of the Duke lacrosse team, the North Carolina State Bar disbarred the then-sitting district attorney, Mike Nifong. Nifong was also convicted of criminal contempt of court and served a one-day sentence.

The Nifong case has much to teach about prosecutorial ethics, pretrial publicity, the prosecutor’s role in a pretrial investigation and a prosecuting attorney’s duty to justice. The program will reference two articles by Robert P. Mosteller:

  1. Exculpatory Evidence, Ethics, and the Road to the Disbarment of Mike Nifong: The Critical Importance of Full Open-File Discovery, 15 George Mason Law Review 257 (2008)
  2. The Ethical Limitations on Prosecutors When Preparing and Presenting Evidence The Duke Lacrosse Case, Innocence, and False Identifications: A Fundamental Failure to ‘Do Justice,’ 76 Fordham L. Rev. 1337 (2007).

The program fee is $35. The fee includes two hours of CLE credit and the reception to follow the program. Please respond by April 15, 2008 to louise@unc.edu or (919) 962-1592.