February 5, 2016

Criminal Law CLE Series to Coincide with 50th Anniversary of Miranda

by Melanie Tobias, Columbus City Attorney, Prosecutor Division

Over the past year it’s been hard to miss the social media frenzy over a plethora of high profile criminal cases. Did Robert Durst unwittingly confess to multiple murders in an audio recording made during the filming of a documentary about his life? Was Steven Avery in fact framed for murder by the Manitowoc Sheriff’s Department in an effort to thwart Avery’s lawsuit against the county for wrongful imprisonment? Did Adnan Syed receive ineffective legal representation in his Baltimore murder trial, resulting in his wrongful conviction and leaving the true killer at large? These and dozens of other questions have consumed the general public after the airing of numerous podcasts and television documentaries exploring the workings of the American criminal justice system.

The wild success and popularity of these shows demonstrate the public’s ongoing fascination and interest in the practice of criminal law and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. Against this backdrop, the Columbus Bar Association will offer a criminal law CLE series throughout the first half of this year.

This 11-part series, running through June, will touch on various criminal procedure topics including the elements of a successful cross examination, the criminal consequences of opiate over-prescription, social media’s effect on criminal trials and an examination of the courtroom strategies used to break up the Klan presented by award winning author Laurence Leamer. The first session, The Fundamentals of Criminal Procedure, is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Bar Offices, 175 S. Third St., Suite 1100. For more information and to register, contact the Columbus Bar CLE department at (614) 340-2054 or click here to register online.

Click here to download the Criminal Law CLE Series brochure

Melanie Tobias

February 24, 2016


Fundamentals of Criminal Procedure

Topics include: Pre-Indictment Issues, The Indictment and Discovery, Computer and Forensic Examinations, Pre-Trial Motions and Evidentiary Issues, Sentecing Issues and Mitigation. Presented by Mark C. Collins, Esq. (Mark Co Collins Co., LPA) and Scott Shumaker, Esq. (Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Franklin County).

3.0 CLE Hours
CLE Easy Pass eligible

Register online or call (614) 221-4112.