Second Annual Law Day at GCC Welcomes Supreme Court Justice Robert Noonan and US Attorney William Hochul

Dignitaries Visit among Events Celebrating Presidential Inauguration

Batavia, New York - Two distinguished speakers will discuss their careers in the legal field during the second annual Law Day program at Genesee Community College next month. Acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Noonan and U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. will visit the GCC campus on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 during the week of festivities planned to welcome new President Dr. James Sunser.

The Law Day program, which gets underway at 9:00am at the Batavia campus, is aimed at helping high school seniors enrolled in the Legal Careers Academy of the Accelerated College Enrollment program (ACE) and Criminal Justice students gain a better understanding of the importance of the judicial system, with the speakers addressing the theme “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”.

The Honorable Robert C. Noonan, Acting Supreme Court Justice since 2001, is also an Elected Genesee County Court Judge and Surrogate since 1997. His law career has spanned almost four decades, including presiding as a judge at various court levels and serving as district attorney and assistant DA in Genesee County and special district attorney in dozens of criminal and civil cases in Genesee, Orleans, Livingston and Monroe counties. A Batavia native, Justice Noonan was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1976, after earning his J.D. from Fordham Law School. He has served on various Bar Association advisory councils and panels and is certified to hear Capital Murder cases in New York. Judge Noonan has also handled more than one hundred appeals before the state’s Appellate Division courts and argued several cases before the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state. He is also a highly-sought-after speaker, presenting lectures on the Supreme Court, Trial Practices, and various state laws and procedures. The jurist has also been an active member of several community organizations, including the Batavia Rotary Club, the St. Jerome Hospital Board and Camp Stella Maris.

Justice Noonan will discuss criminal court proceedings, with an explanation of how the courts strive to protect American rights and ensure justice for all. He will also take part in a question-and-answer session immediately following his lecture.

Mr. William Hochul, Jr., the second of the distinguished speakers, represents the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of New York State, and is responsible for overseeing the prosecution of any federal criminal case in the 17 counties that comprise the district. He earned his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and joined the local U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1991. Since then, he has prosecuted a large number of notorious cases involving white collar crime, gang violence, and international organized crime. Mr. Hochul became Chief of the office’s Anti-Terrorism Unit after September 11, 2001, and Chief of the National Security Division five years later. During that time, he was the lead prosecutor in several high-profile international terrorism cases, including the notorious Lackawanna Six from the Buffalo-area. Mr. Hochul has also served as an adjunct professor at U.B. Law School, Niagara University and Hilbert College, where he taught courses on terrorism and trial techniques, and frequently lectures across the U.S. and abroad on prosecuting cases involving terrorism and organized crime. Mr. Hochul has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2003 Attorney Generals Award for Exceptional Service—the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Justice Department.

Mr. Hochul’s lecture will focus on the appellate process, with a Q-and-A to follow.

“The Criminal Justice Club and the ACE Department are extremely excited to have such esteemed speakers presenting at our 2nd Annual Law Day,” said GCC Criminal Justice instructor Karen Wicka.

The Law Day program is open to the public. It will conclude with lunch for the Criminal Justice Club and invited dignitaries at 11:30am.

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