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Law Journal Symposium - The Future of the Exclusionary Rule - American and International Perspectives

The Southwestern Journal of International Law presents

The Future of the Exclusionary Rule
American and International Perspectives

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nestled toward the beginning of the Bill of Rights, the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the United States Constitution seek to, among other things, protect U.S. citizens from compelled testimony and unreasonable search and seizure, as well as provide the assistance of counsel to all who have been charged with a crime. However, these amendments only emphasize the need to protect citizens' constitutional rights, not the ramifications for any violations by the state or federal government. As a result, the judiciary formulated the Exclusionary Rule, which operates to exclude from criminal trials any evidence obtained in violation of these rights.

Recently, the long-standing Exclusionary Rule has been called into question by the United States Supreme Court's decisions in Herring v. United States and Kansas v. Ventris. Yet, in Corley v. United States - another recent ruling - the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Exclusionary Rule. In light of these conflicting decisions, it is unclear whether the Supreme Court seeks to do away with the Exclusionary Rule or continue to uphold its validity.

Incorporating perspectives from Canada, Latin America, Europe, the former Soviet bloc and the United States, this one-day symposium will bring together renowned legal scholars to discuss the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions, look to international methods used to handle illegally obtained evidence, and explore whether the Exclusionary Rule should or will be abolished by the United States Supreme Court. Articles written for this symposium and the proceedings will be published in the Southwestern Journal of International Law.

View a printable brochure, with complete agenda and registration information (PDF)

Registration fees:

  • $75 - Non-Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit
  • $50 - Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit
  • $40 - Those not seeking CLE credit
  • Complimentary - Southwestern students, faculty and staff (RSVP required)

RSVP by October 2 to the Student Affairs Office.

This Symposium offers 5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

For a map and directions to Southwestern, click here. Parking is available on campus for $6.

Questions? Contact the Law Journal Office or the Student Affairs Office.