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Law Journal Symposium Explores the Exclusionary Rule September 25, 2009
Law Journal Symposium Explores the Exclusionary Rule

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. On Friday, October 9, the Southwestern Journal of International Law will bring together renowned legal scholars through the day-long symposium, The Future of the Exclusionary Rule - American and International Perspective, 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.

Panels will topics will explore: The Current State of the Exclusionary Rule, International Perspectives on the Exclusion of Evidence, and Future Predictions on the Validity of Exclusion. Scheduled speakers include: Ellen S. Podgor, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law; Jody David Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law; Peter L. Arenella, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law; Laurie L. Levenson, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow and David W. Burcham, Chair of Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School; Dr. Stefano Maffei, Professor of Law, University of Parma, Italy; Binyamin Blum, Stanford Law School; Stephen C. Thaman, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law; Don Stuart, Professor, Queens University Faculty of Law, Canada; Máximo Langer, Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law; David A. Sklansky, Professor of Law and Faculty Chair, Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; James J. Tomkovicz, Edward Howrey Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law; and Andrew E. Taslitz, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law.

Articles written for this symposium and the proceedings will be published in the Southwestern Journal of International Law. Southwestern students, faculty and staff who wish to attend will receive free registration but must RSVP. Click here for more information.