October 16, 2006
Military Justice in a Time of War
How much constitutional protection do we give our servicemen?
A panel explores military justice as it compares to that of a civilian courtroom, with a particular focus on the Haditha investigation. The panel includes former military prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney Kevin Vienna; former military judge and USD School of Law alumnus Robert Wities, ’84; and defense attorney Joseph Casas who represents Private First Class John J. Jodka, one of the Marines accused of killing retired Iraqi policeman Hashim Ibrahim Awad. USD Professor of Law Michael Devitt begins the evening by presenting the details of the alleged murder, which took place on April 26, 2006, in Hamdania, Iraq.
September 7, 2006
Iran Awakening: Human Rights, Women and Islam
Nobel Peace Laureate and lawyer Shirin Ebadi of Iran describes how education can lead to peace in the Middle East and calls for an end to discrimination against women in this riveting address. Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, shares stories about her life and her battle for women’s rights in port-revolution Iran. Co-sponsored by the USD School of Law and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, the event was a joint presentation of the Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series and the School of Law’s Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series .