University of Pittsburgh

The Blend of Professional Expertise: Law and Social Work in Legal Decision Making

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 · 7:00 pm
The University of Pittsburgh Schools
of Law and Social Work Present
The Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Distinguished Lecture in Law and Social Work

"The Blend of Professional Expertise: Law and Social Work in Legal Decision Making"

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Noon-2 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh
School of Law
Barco Law Building
Teplitz Moot Courtroom
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

This program is free and open to the public. A reception for all attendees will follow the program. For any additional information, please call 412-648-1490.

Read the University of Pittsburgh Press Release

ShawnDya Luisa Simpson
(SIS '87, LAW '90)

ShawnDya Luisa Simpson

ShawnDya Luisa Simpson has dedicated her legal career to public service. She currently is in her fifth year of serving a 10-year term as a Mannhattan, N.Y., criminal court judge. Simpson hears more than 700 cases a week, ranging from troubled teens to celebrities in disputes.

Prior to her election, she was one of the city's most experienced and accomplished prosecutors, having successfully convicted more than 90 percent of the defendants in her cases. In addition, she served as bureau chief of a felony trial unit in the King's County District Attorney's Office, where she supervised more than 40 assistant district attorneys and was responsible for the prosecution of thousands of criminal cases.

She has conducted hundreds of grand jury presentations and has extensive trial experience involving felony offenses such as homicides, sexual offenses, robberies, burglaries, assaults, and narcotics and firearms posessions. She is particularly masterful at jury selection; oral arguments; opening statements; summations; and direct and cross-examination of civilian, police, and expert witnesses.

Simpson is highly regarded in the New York legal community for her sense of fairness and unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice.

CLE: No Preregistration Necessary

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for two hours of substantive credit. No preregistration is required. Pay at the door with a check for $25 made payable to University of Pittsburgh School of Law. For more information regarding CLE, call 412-648-1305.

This course also has been approved for two hours of Social Work Continuing Education credit. (CE certification fee for LSW/LCSW, LPC, and LMFT is $10.)

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