How can they defend those people?
March 5, 2014
Cook County Assistant Public Defender Theresa Nelson will speak on common ethical problems that lawyers face in the criminal courts.
Her talk, “How Can You Stand to Defend Those People? – Ethical issues in Criminal Law,” will be Thursday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Thoresen Recital Hall, located in the Putnam/Springer Center at the southeast corner of State and Clay streets on the MacMurray College campus.
The event, the latest in the 2014 MacMurray Speakers Series, Diversity in the Heartland, is free and open to the public.
Nelson, a 2001 MacMurray College graduate and 2004 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, handles felony criminal cases in Cook County, ranging from drug possession, theft and DUIs to armed robbery, sexual assault and attempted murder. Prior to working at the Felony Trial Division, she worked in the First Municipal Division and the Child Protection Division, all within the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
She will talk about how lawyers in the criminal justice system navigate some of the ethical issues they face on a day-to-day basis. Among the topics she will discuss are ethical obligations lawyers have to their clients and to the court, and some ways lawyers deal with representing difficult clients.
She will also discuss some examples of ethical issues in the context of some highly publicized criminal cases, including one where a defendant admitted to his lawyers that he committed a murder for which another man was wrongfully convicted; as well as a case in which a prosecutor was suspended and demoted for dismissing a case for lack of evidence.