Simon Rights: Defending Your Client’s Reputation and the Presumption of Innocence

November 16-17, 2023

Pietragallo partner Jeremy Abay will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) 2023 White Collar Practice Seminar held November 16-17, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA at The Ritz-Carlton. He and his co-panelists, Mark Sheppard of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, LLP and Sarah Hyser-Staub of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, will be speaking on “Simon Rights: Defending Your Client’s Reputation and the Presumption of Innocence.” Mr. Abay was recently published in The Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly discussing Simon Rights.

Pennsylvania is one of the few states whose constitution explicitly identifies reputation as a fundamental right. Courts in the Commonwealth have construed the right to reputation as requiring state actors to afford due process, including notice and an opportunity to respond, to any person whose reputation is threatened by a grand jury report or other state sanctioned publication. Their panel will discuss how this unique constitutional right can be leveraged or otherwise factors into strategic decisions as you defend your client’s reputation and presumption of innocence.

Further information and registration can be found here.