Was Atticus Finch Just Another Victim? A Critical Analysis of the Jury’s Verdict in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

February 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us in the historic 1927 courtroom for a re-creation of the trial in the famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Hear attorneys Roger B. Handberg and James W. Smith III present the closing arguments for each side of the case and decide for yourself whether Atticus Finch was justly defeated in the trial for Tom Robinson’s innocence. Revisit the controversial themes brought to light in the novel and attempt to answer difficult questions about race and equal justice. 6 p.m. cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; 7 p.m. program. Members $10; non-members $20. Call (407) 836-7010 to reserve your place.
Moderator: Richard S. Dellinger is partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed P.A. where he practices general litigation law. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; past president of the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; current 11th Circuit Vice President for the Federal Bar Association, and served as Vice Chair of the Vice Presidents of the Circuits.
Judge: Bob LeBlanc is currently a Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. A graduate of the University of Miami and a founding member of the Teen Court fundraising arm, Teen Alternatives, Inc., LeBlanc formerly chaired the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the Florida Bar Association.
Prosecutor: Roger B. Handberg prosecutes white collar, computer, and immigration cases, among other areas of law at the Orlando Division of the United States Attorney’s Office. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Handberg previously worked for the Economic Crimes Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office in Tallahassee and the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta.
Defense Attorney: James W. Smith III is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Orlando Division. He served for eight years as a commissioned officer and attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate’s General Corps. A graduate of Duke Law School, Smith was also an Assistant Professor of Law at the Florida A&M University College of Law.