University of Pittsburgh
February 12, 2009

Pitt's School of Law to Host Feb. 19 Presentation Featuring a Federal Attorney and an Offender

Hank Shea and Richard Juliano's lecture is titled "Ethics and Public Corruption: An Insider's View"
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's School of Law will host a presentation featuring Richard Juliano, former deputy chief of staff to former governor George Ryan of Illinois, and Hank Shea, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minn., and former assistant U.S. attorney. The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Barco Law Building, Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

The event, free and open to the public, is titled "Ethics and Public Corruption: An Insider's View."

Juliano, who pled guilty to mail fraud in 2002, was a cooperating witness in the trials of Ryan and Scott Fawell, Ryan's chief of staff. Called one of Illinois' highest-profile public corruption cases, the probe originally focused on corruption at the Illinois Secretary of State drivers license facilities in the 1990s and expanded to include Ryan's gubernatorial campaign and fundraising activities that had taken place under Fawell's direction. The former governor retired from politics in 2003 and was convicted of corruption charges in 2006. He is serving a six-and-a-half year federal prison term.

Sentenced to four years of probation, a $10,000 fine, and 350 hours of community service for his involvement, Juliano credits his commitment to telling the truth as a major factor in realizing his professional "second chance."

Shea is known as one of the country's most effective white-collar crime prosecutors. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota for nearly 18 years and still serves there as a special assistant U.S. attorney. During Shea's tenure, the U.S. Attorney's Office collected $45 million in restitution, fines, and forfeitures from crimes he prosecuted. Shea also is a fellow at the St. Thomas School of Law's Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, which provides programs for students and professionals who aspire to "servant leadership" in their communities.

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of ethics credit. Register for CLE credit at the door with a check for $25 payable to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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