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Two-day summit explores death penalty costs, foreclosure impact


Attorney General and experts lead criminal, civil justice summits at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN – November 15, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The costs of the death penalty and the impact of mortgage foreclosures will be subjects of a two-day summit on criminal and civil justice on November 15 and 16 at the University of Notre Dame.

Organized by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, the criminal justice summit Monday and civil justice summit Tuesday will include presentations by legal experts, including Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Attorneys who attend will receive free continuing legal education credits (CLE).

Death penalty cases are among the most expensive criminal cases to litigate at the trial court level and appellate level in Indiana. Discussing the cost impact of capital punishment litigation Monday will be Zoeller, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stan Levco and Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart. Rutgers University Professor Anne Piehl will present her study on the economics of the death penalty. Describing the impact on government systems and offering suggestions will be a panel that includes Notre Dame Law School Professor Stephen Smith, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, Stephen Johnson of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and State Senators John Broden, D-South Bend, and Joe Zakas, R-Granger.

During Tuesday’s civil justice summit, the focus will shift to the legal, economic and social impacts of mortgage foreclosures in Indiana and efforts by all three branches of state government to stop mortgage fraud and assist borrowers in avoiding foreclosure. Zoeller and Deputy Attorney General Gabrielle Owens, director of the state’s Homeowner Protection Unit, will describe the ongoing 50-state investigation of “robo-signing” within the mortgage servicing industry, where foreclosure documents were filed in court without being properly authenticated. Also discussing the consequences of the foreclosure crisis are David Remondini, chief deputy executive director at the Indiana Supreme Court; Nancy Gargula, United States Trustee for U.S. District Court-Southern District of Indiana; Notre Dame Law School Professor Judith Fox and Valparaiso Law School Professor Alan White.

Attorneys and law students interested in attending either or both of the free sessions can register by emailing oageducation (at) (dot) gov. Professor Piehl’s study is funded through a U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance grant and the civil summit is funded through a Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant. Both sessions take place in the Notre Dame Conference Center.

Link to Attorney General Zoeller’s news release of October 13 announcing the 50-state investigation of “robo-signing” practices in the mortgage-servicing industry:

Bryan Corbin or Molly Butters
Phone: 317.233.3970 or 317.232.0168
Email: Bryan.Corbin (at) (dot) gov


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