About the event:
Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag
Victims of Environmental and Other Crimes: Who Has Been Harmed?
Professor Paul Cassell, Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Endowed Chair in Criminal Law
12:15 pm- 1: 15, pm, Room 106
S.J. Quinney College of Law
1 hour CLE. Lunch Provided.
Free and open to the public
Federal law confers rights on crime victims, who are defined as persons who have been “directly and proximately harmed” from an offense. In the context of environmental crimes, it is sometimes difficult to determine who in affected communities has been sufficiently harmed to receive crime victim status. Professor Cassell will discuss these issues, with emphasis on a recent pro bono case he has been arguing in Corpus Christi, Texas, involving a federal air pollution crime committed by an oil refinery that has discharged noxious gases into the surrounding areas. Is everyone who breathed these fumes a victim of the crime. Come and join the discussion.
Paul G. Cassell received a B.A. (1981) and a J.D. (1984) from Stanford University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was President of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for then-Judge Antonin Scalia when Scalia was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1984-85) and then for the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger (1985-86). Cassell then served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with the U.S. Justice Department (1986-88) and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (1988 to 1991). Cassell joined the faculty at the College of Law in 1992, where he taught full time until he was sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah on July 2, 2002. In November 2007, he resigned his judgeship to return full time to the College of Law, to teach, write, and litigate on issues relating to crime victims' rights and criminal justice reform.
Professor Cassell teaches criminal procedure, crime victims' rights, criminal law, and related classes.