CLE: You Be the Judge: Cross-Cultural Issues in the Courts

When: Friday, October 21, 2011 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm


BSL Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

*This program has been approved for 2 CLE credits.

Rene Valladares (Federal Public Defender) and a group of panelists will discuss what the “Rule of Law” means in today’s multicultural society.  

In a growing number of cases in state and federal courts all across the country, parties are raising “the cultural defense” – invoking the customs and traditions of a diversity of cultural backgrounds to explain their actions.  Even when these issues are not raised per se, culture plays a role in many cases – both civil and criminal.

Please join us for this engaging presentation.


Sylvia Lazos
Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law
William S. Boyd School of Law


Rene L. Valladares
State Bar of Nevada, Diversity Committee Member
Assistant Federal Public Defender 

Janet S. Belcove-Shalin, Esq., Ph.D. '01
State Bar of Nevada, Diversity Committee Member
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center 

Barbara Buckley

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Russell E. Marsh

Chief, Criminal Division
U.S. Attorney's Office


For cost and payment details, see the registration page.

For more information, contact Betty Campbell at or (702) 895-2874.

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