Oct 25

St. Thomas’ Holloran Center to host Nov. 10 forum on the Tom Petters Case

Published on: Monday, October 25, 2010

Minneapolis, Minn.  -- In a true public discussion format with substantial audience interaction, the University of St. Thomas will host an upcoming forum on “Unweaving a Tangled Web: Inside the Petters Ponzi Scheme.”  

Hosted by the university’s Law School, the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, and the St. Thomas Student Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the free public forum will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis.

The event brings together prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers involved in the Petters trial and related cases to share their views on the ethical, legal and policy considerations at play in untangling the $3.65 billion fraud.

Panel participants include:

Allan Caplan, founding partner of Caplan Law Firm, P.A., one of the largest criminal defense firms in the Midwest. Mr. Caplan represented executive-turned-informant Deanna Coleman.

Joe Friedberg, a defense attorney whose cases and clients include the Coleman-Franken election contest and Randy Moss. Mr. Friedberg represented Robert White, the document falsifier sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the scheme.

Doug Kelley, the President of Kelley & Wolter, P.A., a litigation firm concentrating on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial disputes. Mr. Kelley is the court-appointed receiver and trustee in the Petters bankruptcy.

John Marti, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Mr. Marti was a co-prosecutor in the Petters trial.

Acting as moderator will be Joe Dixon, Assistant U.S. Attorney, who co-prosecuted the Petters trial and is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Sponsors for the event are the University of St. Thomas, Federal Bar Association Student Chapters (of all 4 MN law schools), UST Criminal Law Society, UST Business and Corporate Law Society, Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and School of Law.

The forum is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. To register for the event and for more information visit: http://www.stthomas.edu/ethicalleadership/conferences/Petters.html

1.25 hours of Standard C.L.E. Credits have been applied for.

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