LETTERS OF THE LAW • IRISH AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, NORCAL
Thursday, October 6th – **Venue Change** C.B. Hannegan’s map 5.30pm – 7.45pm
$35, includes program, appetizers & drinks 5.30pm – 6.15pm
The Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival and the Irish American Bar Association host a special event with a literary and journalistic twist on the eve of the inaugural writers’ festival. Guests and speakers will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector. Speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice.
6.15pm – 7.00pm
Philip Kearney‘s experience in Kosovo as a war-crimes prosecutor is the subject of his fast-paced 2011 memoir Under The Blue Flag. Armed with only the region’s archaic criminal justice code, Kearney found himself prosecuting local street thugs, shutting down a ring of international sex-traffickers and spearheading an investigation into secret death camps – a case that ultimately implicates local officials and inflames ethnic violence. Philip discusses some of the challenges of writing this, his first book that has been described as reading “like an international thriller.”
7.00pm – 7.45pm
Irish journalist Frank Shouldice shares his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award. The story follows a hugely successful Irish-owned international recruitment company that is taken to court by one of its workers from Poland. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labour law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker ‘taking’ the case knows nothing about it. Listen to the RTE documentary here
The Law Society of Ireland’s Justice Media Award recognizes outstanding journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of law and justice, the legal system, or specific legal issues.