Hidden in Plain Sight: The Due Process Alternative to Batson’s Failed Equal Protecting Approach (Newark in person)
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 | 6:30 PM EST - 8:15 PM EST
In Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court sought to both eliminate invidious discrimination in jury selection and to preserve counsel’s use of peremptory challenges. In its attempt to accommodate these irreconcilable objectives, the Court accomplished neither of them. Thirty-six years later, it is widely recognized that the Batson approach simply does not work.
This program is about an alternative approach to jury selection proposed by former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Martin Cronin. Judge Cronin will explain this alternative approach, which is primarily based upon due process rather than equal protection; the rights of the prospective jurors rather than only those of the litigants; juror inclusion rather than exclusion; individual juror competency rather than group stereotyping; and the citizenship which unites us rather than any group classification which may divide us.
Then a distinguished panel moderated by John J. Farmer Jr., former Rutgers Law School dean and current director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics will discuss the merits and implications of this alternative approach. Joining Dean Farmer will be former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry T. Albin and former Colorado State District Judge Morris B. Hoffman, both of whom are former trial attorneys who addressed the Judicial Conference on Jury Selection recently convened by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
Co-sponsored by Rutgers University Law Review.
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See page 2 of Program Announcement for the speakers’ biographies; see page 3 for CLE details.
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Presenter - Judge Martin Cronin (ret. New Jersey Superior Court)
Moderator - John J. Farmer, Jr., Esq. (former New Jersey Attorney General)
Panelist - Justice Barry T. Albin (ret. New Jersey Supreme Court)
Panelist - Judge Morris B. Hoffman (ret. Colorado District Court)
Rutgers Law School
Center for Law and Justice
McCarter & English Lecture Hall, Lower Level, Room 070
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
CLE: NJ: 2.2 | NY: 2.0 | PA: 1.5