The French Criminal Court System: An evening of Comparative Law

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The International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association

Is pleased to extend to you an invitation to attend the presentation:

The French Criminal Court System: An evening of Comparative Law

Mark your calendars for this interesting evening of comparative law including a documentary film and group discussion!

On Saturday, May 17, 2008, the University of Washington department of French and Italian Studies’ first (annual) French and Francophone Film Festival will screen Raymond Depardon’s film “10th District Court: Moments of Trial” (2004). The department has invited Ms. Maggy Bailly, Esq. and Richard Hansen, Esq. to give a comparative law presentation on the French and American criminal judicial system in concert with the screening.

Raymond Depardon is considered a master of documentary filmmaking, with over 38 films to his name. Known for his humanist approach to his subjects and his ability to capture the essence of their environment, his decision to turn his lens on the French judicial system affords the viewer an opportunity to gain insight into an important component of French culture so rarely exposed to the public. Mr. Depardon was given exceptional permission to install two cameras in a Parisian misdemeanor courtroom in order to film proceedings. Unique in its genre, the film not only provides a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the French judicial system, it opens the door to discussion on the very nature of French society.

Ms. Bailly, owner of Bailly Law Firm and a distinguished member of the Washington State Bar Association will open the screening with a 15 minute introduction providing key background for an audience unfamiliar with the French criminal system. The running time of the film is 1 hr. 45 minutes. A 15 minute question and answer period will follow the screening, to consider the similarities and departure points between the French and American justice systems. Ms. Bailly’s expertise and experience in both American and European law is the perfect compliment to this occasion and promises to offer astute insight for anyone interested in comparative law. Richard Hansen has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court. He has tried nearly 100 jury cases over the past 32 years and he has been counsel of record in over 100 appeals. Mr. Hansen’s expertise in US criminal law will offer a contrast between US and French criminal systems.

Saturday, May 17 – 7pm
HUB Auditorium, University of Washington
Seattle WA

2 CLE credits approved

Registration cost: $1 for non-U.W. students with student ID; $7 for general public

FREE with valid U.W. ID (students/faculty/staff)

* Tickets may be purchased at the HUB ticket office during normal business hours in the weeks leading up to the film as well as on the evening of the screening.

Section Representative contact information for this Mini-CLE: Maggy Bailly
Telephone #: 206.726 1645

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