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Moot Court

2020 Symposium
Prosecutorial Ethics: A 360° View

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Locke Lord
600 Travis, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
2.5 Hours Texas CLE with
2.5 Ethics Credits Approved

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The distinguished Symposium speakers will consider the ethics and professional responsibility requirements and considerations associated with a prosecutor’s decisions to pursue/not pursue criminal charges against a suspect. They will also discuss what motivations and biases can drive these decisions. A Q&A panel discussion will close out the Symposium.

The Symposium speakers are:

The University of Kansas School of Law Professor Suzanne Valdez will discuss a prosecutor’s ethical responsibilities in both federal and state practice and explore constitutional and ethical constraints on prosecutorial discretion.

A Houston AUSA will discuss what motivations, professional responsibility considerations and ethical concerns s/he must take into account when deciding to pursue/not pursue criminal charges against a potential defendant and the consequences of those decisions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison will discuss a judge’s ethical responsibilities regarding those prosecutorial decisions and to what extent the judge can/should intervene if s/he believes the prosecutor has abused his or her prosecutorial discretion.