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Current, Contentious and Confusing Legal Battles
Irving Labovitz, J.D.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Popular television shows and films​ on the law  have made the legal profession seem exciting and glamorous. Discover how real law can be even more stimulating than its dramatic facsimile. This eight-week series will focus on selected current, highly publicized, volatile and contentious legal issues presented in important selected cases pending before, or just decided by, federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as by the U.S. Supreme Court.

For example, last season's lectures included in-depth analysis and interactive discussions of disparate legal arguments and Constitutional issues (then) pending before the Supreme Court implicating profound questions including: whether lethal drugs used to execute death row inmates constitute "cruel and unusual punishment"; the possible imminent extinction of historical gerrymandering by state legislatures artificially permitting violations of "one man one vote"; is 'same sex marriage' finally beyond further Constitutional attack; continuing challenges to the Affordable Care Act; and how much 'free speech' permits one to make intentionally threatening and disparaging statements against another over the internet?

A host of equally vexing new Constitutional issues now await both the Supreme Court, including reconciliation of conflicting decisions by lower appellate courts; all for our discussion and analysis during this semester.  Finally, this lecture series seeks to anticipate newly emerging important and contentious developing legal issues and prepare the audience to better understand the often-disparate and confusing legal position of all opposing parties.

[Immediately prior to the first lecture, enrollees are invited to attend a pre-lecture primer in the Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium on the FAU Boca Campus at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2015, outlining the structure of federal and state appellate court processes. Returning participants are also always welcome to attend.]

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Irving Labovitz, J.D. is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of  the Massachusetts and Wa​shington, D.C. Bars, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as wel​l as multiple federal appellate and trial courts. He has authored many scholarly law review articles and has been a lecturer for the American Bar Association and Commercial Law League of America. He has been a military prosecutor, a member of the legal staff at the Federal Trade Commission, and engaged by the F.D.I.C. as contract counsel facilitating the liquidation of failed banks. He was most recently general counsel of a large corporation. He has taught as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy and creditor's rights at both Western New England College of Law, as well as the business school of Florida Atlantic University (FAU).

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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