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Is Criminal Lawyering About Truth?

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A panel of prosecutors and defense attorneys explore the key issue of whether criminal lawyers should ascertain the complete truth from their clients as well as other ethical dilemmas confronted by criminal practitioners.

  • Must a lawyer believe his or her client's testimony?
  • Why do clients lie?
  • What should a lawyer do after learning that the client lied?

This course provides a fascinating discussion no matter which perspective you come from -- prosecution or defense.

Lecturer Bios

Thomas Puccio, Esq.

Mr. Puccio is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in New York City. Previously he was a prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York and Chief U.S. Department of Justice Strike Force.

Loretta E. Lynch

Loretta E. Lynch was appointed by President Barack Obama and on May 03, 2010, took the oath of office as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from Chief United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie. In that capacity, she is responsible for overseeing all federal and civil investigations and cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. She supervises a staff of approximately 170 attorneys and 150 support personnel. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1990, Ms. Lynch practiced law as a litigation associate for a leading New York based firm. She began her career in the Eastern District prosecuting narcotics and violent crime cases. Ms. Lynch served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. While in the Long Island office, she prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption cases, and was the lead prosecutor in a series of trials involving allegations of public corruption in the Long Island town of Brookhaven. Ms Lynch also served the district as Chief Assistant, where she was a member of the trial team in United States v. Volpe, et al., a five-week civil rights case involving the sexual assault by uniformed New York City police officers upon Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. Ms. Lynch was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, serving from 1999 to 2001. While U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law. Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Ms. Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. and was a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate compliance issues. While at Hogan, Ms. Lynch also served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR, and conducted a special investigation into allegations of witness tampering and false testimony at the Tribunal. Ms. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984, where she was an advisor to the first year moot court competition and a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and Harvard Black Law Student Association.

Ivan Fisher, Esq.

Ivan S. Fisher specializes in federal criminal litigation. His practice is national as well as international in breadth. His career, which spans more than 30 years, includes the practice of law in federal, state and local jurisdictions throughout the United States. Mr.Fisher's work has required extensive travel in Europe, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, Latin America and Central America. He defends clients against a wide range of criminal violations. He participates in all phases of criminal matters, including government investigations, pre-trial and trial work and appellate practice. Mr.Fisher received a BA from Syracuse University and an LLB from Boston University School of Law. Immediately following law school, he was hired by the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where he worked for one year exclusively on the defense of Lowell M. Burrell, who was charged in a complex securities fraud case brought by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Subsequently, he became an associate fo the highly respected criminal defense lawyer Albert Kreiger, with whom he ultimately formed a partnership. In 1974, Mr.Fisher formed his own law firm, where he has since practiced law.

Andral Bratton, Esq.

Andral N. Bratton, Deputy Chief Counsel, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Judicial Department B.A. – Indiana University; 1974 J.D. – University of Virginia; 1977 Captain – JAGC; 1979-1981 Law Firm Associate – N.Y.C.; 1982-1985 Departmental Disciplinary Committee – Currently Deputy Chief Counsel; 1986 – Present CLE Instructor – Practicing Law Institute, New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York State Bar, New York City Trial Lawyers Association

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