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Elizabeth Munisoglu: US Criminal Procedure

4-13 April 2017, Sapientia University, Department of Law, Cluj-Napoca (room B302)


April 4 Tuesday 14-16 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302
April 5 Wednesday 12-14 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302
April 6 Thursday 12-14 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302
April 11 Tuesday 14-16 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302
April 12 Wednesday 12-14 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302
April 13 Thursday 12-14 2 Elizabeth Munisoglu B302

The course will identify the foundations of criminal procedure in the U.S., and the evolution of procedural rules governing criminal cases starting with the "Bill of Rights" amendments added to the US Constitution in 1791, and up to the most recent Supreme Court decisions. The lectures will focus on the 4th ,5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments, with discussions of the cases and controversies that have shaped the current state of the law. Students will be asked to consider the significance of "procedural justice" for individuals and society, and discuss how technology has shaped - and may continue to shape - the evolution of procedural rules.

The Honorable Elizabeth Munisoglu
Commissioner, California Superior Court at Los Angeles*

Commissioner Munisoglu was elected in June 2007 to the position of Court Commissioner of the California Superior Court in Los Angeles. She currently presides over a criminal court, conducting arraignments, pre-trial motions, jury trials, preliminary hearings and post-conviction matters.

Prior to becoming Court Commissioner, from 1989 to 2007 she was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. She specialized in the prosecution of felony white-collar crimes and crimes committed by public officials, police officers, lawyers, judges and other professionals. She also lectured to law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies nationwide on the investigation and prosecution of white-collar crime, especially health care fraud.

Commissioner Munisoglu is a member of the California Judges Association (CJA), the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Association (LAJA), the California Court Commissioners Association (CCCA), and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). She has been on the Editorial Board for Los Angeles Lawyer magazine since 1998, and has edited numerous articles for publication on a wide range of legal topics. She is also a member of the Academy of Political Science, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and is a founder and current President of a non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) that supports research into pediatric cancer.

She received her BA from Middlebury College (Vermont) and her Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law (Malibu, California). She is admitted to practice law in all state courts in California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

*Commonly referred to as the "Los Angeles Superior Court", it is the largest court system in the world, with more than 500 judges and commissioners, 50 courthouses, 600 courtrooms, and serving an area of 10,515 km² with a population of 10+ million.


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