2011 Thurgood Marshall Symposium

Posted: Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:13

The Cumberland Law School Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) presents the Annual Thurgood Marshall Symposium on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 12 noon in the Moot Courtroom.

Each year during Black History Month, through the Thurgood Marshall Symposium, Cumberland BLSA promotes awareness of legal issues plaguing minorities.

This year’s theme is: “When Money Talks, Criminals Walk:  How Socioeconomic Status Affects the Level of Fairness Received in the Criminal Justice System.”  

The panel of esteemed legal experts will discuss the impact of class, wealth, and education on the distribution of and access to justice in our criminal system.  The panel consists of: Judge Clyde Jones, Attorney Joyce Vance, Attorney Anthony Joseph, and Attorney Michael Rasmussen.  Dean John Carroll will serve as Moderator.

Judge Clyde Jones ’79, has served as a criminal defense attorney,  Deputy District Attorney for the 10th and 5th Judicial Circuits and was re-elected in 2010 to continue his service as circuit court judge in the Criminal Division in Jefferson County.  While a practicing defense attorney, Judge Jones won several serious felony and capital murder trials. In his career as a criminal  defense attorney, Judge Jones has never lost a case and as Judge, none of his rulings have been overturned.

Attorney Joyce Vance is a U.S. States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Prior to her unanimous appointment in August 2009, she served as chief of the Northern District’s appellate division and interim U.S. attorney.  Attorney Vance’s path to U.S. attorney  began almost 13 years ago when she worked on a case stemming from the burnings of three primarily African-American churches in Alabama’s rural Greene County.

Attorney Anthony Joseph ’80, is a member of Cumberland’s Advisory Board and a shareholder with Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.  His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations.

Attorney Michael Rasmussen ’75, served 27 years as Assistant United States Attorney, where he handled complex white collar and drug cases. He has taught trial skills at Cumberland, where he coached student trial teams to three national and several regional championships.

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public.