Florida Law School Announces First Ever White Collar Criminal Defense College

Jul 25, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Florida law school to install white collar criminal defense college

Stetson University College of Law, in unison with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, recently announced the launch of the NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College.

The first program of its kind at the first law school established in Florida, the program will feature focused, specified training for criminal defense lawyers in the field of white collar crime.

"The marriage of the leading advocacy law school in the country with the nation's leading criminal defense organization is a unique way to ensure that attorneys have the opportunity to enhance their white collar advocacy skills and also increase their knowledge of substantive white collar law," said Ellen S. Podgor, the Gary R. Trombley Family White Collar Crime Research Professor at Stetson Law, who will chair the White Collar Criminal Defense College.

The program will likely cover corporate investigations, representation of various employees, the handling of parallel proceedings in agency investigations, sentencing issues and grand jury investigation concerning corporate documents.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's website, the term "white collar crime" was coined in 1939 and covers a wide range of fraud committed by professionals in the government and business sectors.