The Fidler Institute on Criminal Justice at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will celebrate its 10th anniversary by exploring a range of significant legal developments inspired by headline-dominating subjects on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Loyola’s downtown LA campus. Judges, federal prosecutors, public defenders and private defense attorneys will come together to examine the transforming nature of terrorism as illustrated by the San Bernardino shootings; the use of technology to track convicted offenders; the wealth gap and legal representation; and the rise of consumer protection crimes as hot-button topics.

“This year’s Fidler Institute focuses on some of the biggest criminal-justice challenges of our time. The institute provides judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys a chance to assess the law behind rapidly evolving areas like cyberterrorism and electronic tracking,” said Professor Laurie L. Levenson, David W. Burcham Professor of Ethical Advocacy, who leads the event. “We also welcome the opportunity to honor those who truly make a difference in the profession with our annual Fidler Awards.”

Beginning at 8:30 am and lasting throughout the day, program highlights include: opening remarks by Eileen Decker, U.S. Attorney, Central District of California; Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney; Jackie Lacey, District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; and Hilary Potashner, Federal Public Defender, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California. Dr. Sebastian Gork.

Major General Matthew C. Horner, Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University will deliver a lunchtime keynote address about the evolution of Jihadi terror groups. The day will conclude with the presentation of the Fidler Awards, whose 2016 recipients include the federal prosecutors who secured a plea deal with former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca for lying to investigators, among others.

The event, named in honor of Loyola Law School alumnus Judge Larry P. Fidler ’74, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, will be held in the Girardi Advocacy Center on Loyola Law School’s campus at 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015. A complete agenda follows. More information also is available at

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