I have the pleasure of speaking this afternoon at the American Bar Association’s conference in New York on a panel addressing the “cultural defense.” The panel is entitled “Stranger in a Strange Land: Cross Cultural Issues in the Courts.” It will be held at 2 pm at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The panel will include there is the Honorable Bernice B. Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Rene Valladares, the Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada.
This is part of an internationally successful program organized by Judge Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway of U.S. Court of International Trade. Judge Ridgway has brought together jurists and lawyers from around the world to discuss difficult cultural issues that are increasingly appearing in criminal and civil cases. These cases deal with arguments or defenses that turn on the cultural norms or practices of a given defendant or litigant. The cases have forced the question of when and how courts should recognize such defenses.