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Current, Contentious and Confusing Legal Battles
Irving Labovitz

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.  As always, this series focuses 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 US 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: resumption of church v. state confrontations; creation of transgender rights; possible demise of the death penalty; constitutional furor raised by contentious Presidential Executive Orders; the latest legal attacks upon Roe v. Wade; religious-based refusals to provide same-sex marriage services and products; the continuing evisceration of historical gerrymandering; and legal efforts to emasculate, or end Planned Parenthood.

A host of equally vexing new Constitutional issues now await the Supreme Court, including reconciliation of conflicting decisions by lower appellate courts; all for discussion and analysis.  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, October 4, 2017, outlining the structure of federal and state appellate court processes. Returning participants are also always welcome to attend.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Irving Labovitz, JD 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 Washington, DC Bars, and is also admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, as well 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 FDIC. as contract counsel to provide legal assistance in liquidating failed banks. He has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Western New England College of Law, acted as co-chair of an urban law firm, as well as general counsel for a large corporation. Since 2003, and continuing, he remains an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University.

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Date: Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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