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Panelists to Discuss Trayvon Martin Case—Was Justice Served?

The Black Law Students Association at Duquesne University will host three guest panelists for the discussion The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served?.

The panelists will examine the legal and social aspects of the landmark case as well as the impact of the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law on society and the future of the law.

Allegheny County Public Defender Elliot Howsie will serve as moderator for the discussion, which will feature the following panelists:

  • Leonard Birdsong, professor of law at Barry University, who is a former assistant United States attorney for both the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • A.J. Bellido de Luna, professor and managing director of the clinical law program at the University of Maryland School of Law, who was a lieutenant with the Howard County Maryland Department of Police.
  • Tracey McCants-Lewis, assistant professor and assistant director of clinical legal education Duquesne's School of Law, who teaches courses for the University's Civil Rights Clinic.

The Trayvon Martin Case: Was Justice Served is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Room 204, School of Law, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

   Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 412.396.6186. Media are asked to call Rose Ravasio at 412.396.6051 to RSVP and to arrange special parking.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.