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May 2012 , Page 43 

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The Importance of the Work Defenders Do (Verbatim)

By Larry D. Thompson

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p43_larry_thompsonCongratulations to Professor Podgor, Mr. Trombley, NACDL, and all of you who are participating in this wonderful and groundbreaking program. This is really great, and it is in the best tradition of our great profession.

This program also reminds me of something that Judge Stanley Sporkin said several years ago.

In a trial involving the S&L crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Judge Sporkin was reviewing all the fraud involved, especially in the legal documentation, and in a fit of exasperation asked, “Where were the lawyers?”

Well, when people look at the problems facing white collar criminal defense lawyers and all the issues associated with white collar criminal statutes, and ask the question where were the lawyers, we know where they were: at Stetson University trying to do everything they could to make themselves better, to train other lawyers so that they can better represent their clients. 

The term “white collar crime” was first used by the

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