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Posted: Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

Bruce A. Antkowiak, professor of law, legal counsel and director of the Criminology, Law, and Society Program at Saint Vincent College, was the featured speaker for a three-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) in Philadelphia March 23.

According to Melissa P. Tanguay, program attorney for PBI, the program was very well received in Philadelphia. “Professor Antkowiak received rave reviews and all excellent scores on our evaluation forms,” she commented.

Professor Antkowiak’s presentation on Vehicle Stops and Searches in Pennsylvania will be presented again this Friday, March 30 at the PBI Professional Development Center at the Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh. The program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three hours of CLE credit in substantive law. PBI is the continuing education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

“No matter how wondrous a machine an automobile may be, it actually has no privacy rights at all,” Professor Antkowiak explained. “The United States Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution protect the people in cars but not the cars themselves. Whether the legal issue is the stop of a motorist on the highway, a request by the officer for consent to search after such a stop, or a search of a car itself, the key is the intrusion on the privacy of the person affected.”

“In the course, I analyze the issues of searches and seizures in the automobile context,” Professor Antkowiak concluded. “I discuss the legality of stopping a vehicle, getting consent after stopping a vehicle and searching a vehicle without consent or a warrant.”

Both presentations are webcast live and simulcast statewide to bar associations in 17 counties.

A 1974 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he was first in his class, Professor Antkowiak also graduated with high honors from the Harvard Law School.

Prior to joining the Saint Vincent College administrative staff, he was a full time faculty member at Duquesne Law School for nine years where he also advised the Law School’s Criminal Law Clinic and coached the Law School’s National Trial Moot Court Teams.

The author of a major treatise on Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure, he also serves as the editor and principal author of the Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Jury Instructions – Criminal, and has published 11 law review articles in various journals across the United States.

He has been recognized with an honorary doctor of laws degree from Saint Vincent College where he served as commencement speaker in 2011.

Over his more than three decades as a practicing lawyer, Professor Antkowiak has served as assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a private practitioner concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense in state and federal courts.

He has tried a multitude of cases including homicides, white collar crime and narcotics related offenses. His appellate work includes numerous appearances before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts.


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