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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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  Focus on Faculty - Michael Moore - the Fair Defense Act  

Focus on Faculty
October 24, 2012
Noon - 1:30pm
Central Library sixth floor parlor

"Reflections on the Texas Brand of Justice: The Struggle to Adopt and Implement the Fair Defense Act (and A Few Remaining Challenges)"

Hailed by legal experts as the most important piece of indigent defense legislation in the country in the last quarter century, the Texas Fair Defense Act provided legal protections to indigent defendants charged in criminal matters by providing access to qualified and timely appointment of counsel. This talk will reflect on the struggle to adopt Fair Defense Act, the impact the Act has had on justice in Texas, and the work that remains to be done to insure justice is done in criminal matters.

Michael K. Moore, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor-Political Science, is Senior Vice Provost and is Dean of Undergraduate Studies-Provost Office at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Washburn University of Topeka and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska. His research interests include research interests include congressional and legislative politics, research methods, political participation and behavior, American politics, and the policy making process. He has also has a research interest in indigent criminal defense issues.

In July of 2012 Moore received the Michael K. Moore Award for Research and Writing in the Area of Indigent Defense during the State Bar of Texas' annual Advanced Criminal Law Course in San Antonio. This award was created to recognize 15 years of service on the Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters, during which he worked without compensation to produce pivotal research and writing that helped provide low-income residents in Texas with proper legal representation.

The program will be followed by a dessert reception. It is free and open to all.

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Location: Central Library sixth floor parlor
Price: free and open to all
Sponsor: University of Arlington Library
Contact: Maggie Dwyer
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