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Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary
Hello, everyone! The Jurisprudence Section Luncheon will be held in Seattle, WA, at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at noon at the Sheraton Hotel. We are excited to announce that the luncheon speaker is one of our own members — Linda Kenney Baden, JD. The title of her presentation is Forensic Teaching Moments from High-Profile Cases: Guns With No Roses. We have limited seating and we always sell out early, so please go online to register to attend and pay for this luncheon.
Linda Kenney Baden is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers School of Law and Rutgers University. Following graduation from law school, she served a judicial clerkship with the Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division, Judge John F. Lynch, then entered private practice with the law firm of Meyner and Landis in Newark, NJ. Ms. Kenney Baden was later appointed Assistant Prosecutor for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office where she served as a trial team leader and the lead attorney assigned to the Sex Crimes Investigative Unit. During her tenure with the Prosecutor’s Office, she prepared and tried numerous criminal cases, including those involving murder and the death penalty. Ms. Kenney Baden has been involved in numerous cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and federal courts, making new law with regard to civil rights and employment cases. In his book A Lawyer’s Life, the late Johnnie Cochran wrote that Ms. Kenney Baden was a “brilliant New Jersey attorney.” Ms. Kenney Baden has appeared as a legal guest commentator on numerous networks. She has lectured in China to the Public Security University (Beijing), Croatia, and Kuwait. Ms. Kenney Baden was a weekly contributor to the Nick Bonsanto sports radio show, appearing in the segment “Nick and Linda’s Court.” She is also the author of two thriller novels with her husband Dr. Michael Baden — Remains Silent and Skeleton Justice. She is active in wrongful conviction work and since 2014 has been the co-chair of the Wrongful Conviction Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
Ms. Kenney Baden has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including representing:
- New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as forensic counsel wherein he was acquitted of a double homicide.
- Kevin Broadus, an African American NCAA Division I Head Men’s Basketball Coach, in allegations of discrimination against the State University of New York (SUNY).
- Former basketball player Jayson Williams in various aspects of criminal and civil cases arising from a murder charge and other matters.
- Plaintiffs in a racial profiling case against New Jersey State Police, which settled for nearly $13 million.
- Michael Skakel, which resulted in an upper court ruling finding that certain statements of witnesses were protected under the privileged communication doctrine.
- Phillip Spector in his first trial, which resulted in a hung jury.
- Casey Anthony as the forensic advisor/attorney for the defense team.
We hope to see you at our luncheon! Our Section Business Meeting will be held after the luncheon.