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‘Pursuing Factual Consensus: The Role of the Media’ offered by Levin Center Oct. 27

The Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy will offer a webinar on “Pursuing Factual Consensus: The Role of the Media” Thursday, October 27, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

For The U.S. democratic system to work, its leaders, institutions, and citizens need to value facts and truthfulness. Recent years, however, have witnessed a steep decline in the public’s ability to separate fact from fiction. The Levin Center is sponsoring a three-part series of panels to delve more deeply into how facts become established in the public mind and how truthfulness might be restored to our public discourse.

The first two panels heard from scholars and former member of Congress. This third panel will feature journalists, media professionals, and scholars discussing the role the media plays in shaping our understanding of facts.

The media landscape has undergone drastic changes in recent years with a steady decline in local news outlets, a sharp rise in news consumption through social media channels, and an increased fragmentation in national news outlets. The webinar panelists will discuss how these changes affect society’s understanding of facts and how the media landscape can hinder or help society on the path to pursuing factual consensus.

To register for the October 27 free webinar, visit https://levin-center.org. Anyone with questions may email the Levin Center at Wayne Law at levincenter@wayne.edu.


Rosenberg spy case explored in FBA trial practices program Oct. 28

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, is teaming up with the American College of Trial Lawyers to retry the infamous Rosenberg spy case. “Anatomy of a Trial: An In Depth Examination of Best Trial Practices” will take place on Friday, October 28, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Levin U.S. District Courthouse in Detroit.

The event will feature a faculty of distinguished trial lawyers and judges for a mock trial program, the purpose of which is to train younger lawyers on best practices for opening statements, direct and cross examinations, closing arguments, and the ever-important skill of effective, ethical advocacy. Based on the real trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, this training will cover topics including opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, closing arguments, and a discussion with federal judges on what they want from a trial lawyer.

Cost is $76 for members and $126 for non-members/guests. To register, visit fbamich.org and click on “events.”

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