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Criminology Program Plans Appellate Moot Court May 1

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

Saint Vincent College Department of Criminology, Law and Society will present an appellate moot court argument for students in Dr. Bruce Antkowiak’s advanced constitutional law class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the Luparello Lecture Hall in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.

The argument involves a hypothetical case in which the federal government has made it a crime for an individual to misrepresent their identity on a personal website even if there is no attempt by them to defraud someone else or commit some other crime. The defendant in the case is challenging the statute on free speech grounds, on the grounds that he has a protected constitutional privacy interest in creating his own persona and on grounds that the statute exceeds Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause.

Each student advocate will have 12 minutes to present their argument to the panel of judges.

Serving as judges for the competition will be The Honorable Michele Bononi, judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas; and attorneys Ned Nakles Jr. of Latrobe and Adam B. Cogan of Greensburg.

Saint Vincent College students participating in the moot court include Kullen Adams, a junior political science major from Fredericksburg, Va.; Thomas Cocchi, a senior finance major from Pittsburgh (15243); Lila Eid, a senior criminology, law and society major from Martinsburg, West Va.; Alexandra Kania, a senior criminology, law and society major from Greensburg; Sabrina Plazio, a senior politics major from Apollo; and Jordan Yatsko, a junior English major from Connellsville.

The program is under the direction of Antkowiak, counsel to Saint Vincent College, professor of law and director of the Criminology, Law and Society Program.


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