WWU to Celebrate Law Week

A book author and Missouri’s lieutenant governor are among the speakers scheduled to speak at William Woods University as part of the university’s fourth annual Law Week celebration, April 22–26.

“Professional Snoop” author Carl Carver will speak April 22, Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell, an attorney, will speak April 23. Adam Mulari, a WWU student, will make a presentation April 24 and a Mock Trial will be held April 25. All events will be held in the Bernard Weitzman Model Courtroom in the Burton Building.

The goal of Law Week is to create awareness on campus and the community of legal and political issues that affect the United States. Law Week is sponsored by the department of legal studies and the WWU Prelaw Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta international legal fraternity.

Now retired, Carver spent more than 30 years “in the trenches” as an insurance claims-fraud investigator. He has worked with state and federal law enforcement, as well as several anti-fraud organizations serving the insurance industry.

His book details some of his more interesting cases, including the wife who reported her husband’s death to receive “spending money” and the prison escapee who got a job as a deputy sheriff.

Carver’s presentation and book signing. at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22. Carver is a longtime member of the Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board and frequent guest lecturer in the legal studies department.

Lieutenant Governor Maxwell will give the Law Week Keynote Address on “Assuring Equal Justice for All” at 3 p.m. April 23.

Maxwell was elected lieutenant governor in 2000, after serving as a state representative and a state senator for a number of years. He was in the Missouri National Guard for 20 years and was called to active duty during the flood of 1993.

Mulari is a WWU sophomore from Omaha, Neb., majoring in accounting, with minors in political and legal studies. In early January, he spent two weeks in South Africa with a group of 37 students from across the United States.

The students were invited by the National Youth Leadership Forum to go to South Africa to learn about the legal system and draw comparisons with the U.S. legal system. While there, they visited courts and prisons, and met with judges and other officials.

Law Week concludes April 25 with a mock trial at 6 p.m. The trial will focus on the case of “State of Midlands v. Ashley Thornhill.” The case involves a murder at an advertising firm. One of the associates is accused of murdering the senior partner after being denied promotion to partnership.

Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to strengthen America’s heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law.

All events are open to the community. For more information about Law Week, contact the William Woods legal studies department at (573) 592-1647.