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March 30, 2011  |  News Release #14890  |  Contact: Joe Mosbrook, 216.523.7279,
Criminal Justice Forum: Domestic Violence and Self Defense

Who: A nationally recognized expert in domestic violence law and policy, Professor Donna K. Coker from the University of Miami School of Law

What: "The Story of Wanrow: The Reasonable Woman and the Law of Self-Defense." Professor Coker will examine issues of gender bias and criminal intent through discussion of State v. Wanrow, frequently cited as the first "women's self-defense" case.

When: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 5 p.m. 6 p.m.

Where: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Avenue, Moot Court Room

More: In 1973, Yvonne Wanrow was convicted of second degree murder for killing a man who had attempted to molest her son. The Supreme Court of Washington reversed her conviction in a ground-breaking opinion in which the court held that the jury instructions violated Wanrow's right to equal protection of the law by using language that suggested Wanrow's conduct in killing the much larger, intoxicated victim should be measured by the same standard as a male defendant.

The program is the third event in Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's yearly Criminal Justice Forum.

Members of the Ohio Bar receive 1 Free CLE.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

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