Tuesday October 24, 2006
In conjunction with the Roundabout Theatre Company's opening night performance of Twelve Angry Men at the Hippodrome Theatre, a panel of experts discussed the ever-evolving nature of the jury.
Pre-Theater Bistro Dinner and Conversation
"The Jury as Truth Finder: Fact or Fiction?"
Click here to watch the discussion.
D. Graham Burnett is a historian of science, and currently holds the Christian Gauss Fund University Preceptorship at Princeton University. He is the author of the 2001 book A Trial By Jury, a narrative account of his experience as the jury foreman on a Manhattan murder trial in which he writes "The jury room is a remarkable Ð and largely inaccessible Ð space in our society, a space where ideas, memories, virtues, and prejudices clash with the messy stuff of the big, bad world." Professor Burnett earned a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001 he taught at Yale and was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at Columbia University. He has written essays and reviews for a variety of publications, including the New Yorker, the Economist, the American Scholar (where he serves on the editorial board), the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Republic.
The Honorable Deborah Eyler ('81) has served as a Judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals since 1997. A former Chair of the Maryland Judicial Commission on Pro Bono, she has served on the Civil Law and Procedure Committee and the Family Law Committee of the Maryland Judicial Conference. In private practice, Judge Eyler was a partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Chair of Baltimore County's Trial Courts Nominating Commission, and a member of the Maryland State Bar Association's board of governors. She is the recipient of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation's Award of Special Recognition and the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center's Pro Bono Service Award. Judge Eyler is an Order of the Coif graduate of the School of Law, and holds a B.A. from New York University.
A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Andy Levy ('81) is a partner at the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy and a long time adjunct member of the University of Maryland School of Law faculty. Listed in Best Lawyers in America in both the Criminal Defense and Commercial Litigation categories, Mr. Levy is former Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association Criminal Law & Practice Section. He has received the Maryland Bar Foundation Professional Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged, the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association's Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, and the Arc of Baltimore Stanley S. Herr Advocacy Leadership Award. Mr. Levy's practice is focused on civil, criminal, and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts.
Opening Night Performance
Twelve Angry Men
12 North Eutaw Street
Starring Richard Thomas ("The Waltons") and George Wendt ("Cheers"), the Roundabout Theatre Company's Twelve Angry Men is the national touring version of the Broadway production that earned three Tony Award nominations and ran for 32 weeks at Roundabout's home theatre in New York. Now on a 19-city national tour, the production received high praise from critics: "The undeniable hit of the Broadway dramatic season" said Jesse McKinley (New York Times); John Simon (New York Magazine) proclaimed it "A classic in the making;" and Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press described it as "Exhilarating! An absorbing theatrical experience."
This Program is funded in part by a generous grant from the France-Merrick Foundation to the University of Maryland School of Law's Linking Law & the Arts Series.