National Center for Justice and Rule of Law Expands Judicial Education for State Judges

… Grant to be used for child pornography seminar, webinars and additions to online library

OXFORD, Miss. – The National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at the University of Mississippi has received a $350,000 grant to fund continuing high-quality educational programming for state judges regarding cybercrimes against children.

The award, given by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, expands the offerings under NCJRL’s current grant, which focuses on child pornography, other crimes and pretrial motions to suppress physical evidence and statements by defendants. New programming includes two conferences, four webinars and additions to the NCJRL online legal library.

“Since 2004, the NCJRL has been associated with the National Judicial College based in Reno, Nev.,” said Thomas Clancy, center director and UM professor of law. “Last year, the center and NJC have combined to offer ICAC training to state judges, including the conference on child pornography that NCJRL taught last February.”

The first conference under the new grant is set for the Oxford campus and will focus on child pornography. To help address unmet demand, it will be webcast and the materials placed online so participating judges can download them. The conference also will be recorded and each session added to the NCJRL online library.

A second conference, to be conducted in Reno in spring 2011, focuses on trials in Internet crimes against children. The course addresses issues unique to ICAC cases, including authentication, admission of other crimes evidence, evidentiary issues, sensitive evidence and jury trauma. Participants will also be introduced to forensics.

“The webinars are designed to provide targeted training on discrete issues,” Clancy said. “Two of them will address current digital search and seizure issues involving crimes against children. The other webinars are an overview of statutory regulation of obtaining digital evidence and the steps of a typical ICAC investigation that begins with Internet contacts.

“PowerPoint presentations, videos, supplemental writing and legal analysis of the subject matter of the conferences and webinars will be added to our online legal library.”

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