Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-11-09

Attorneys from both sides of the topic will discuss "Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Offenders" at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Nov. 15.

The program, presented by Cumberland's Cordell Hull Speakers Forum and Trial Advocacy Board, will be at 11 a.m. in the Robinson Hall moot courtroom.

Speakers are Alabama assistant attorney general Joshua Bearden and criminal defense attorney John Lentine.

Bearden is responsible for the prosecution of violent sexual offenses, primarily the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. He is also the Attorney General's special advisor on criminal sex offenders and the Community Notification Act.

Lentine is a partner in the Birmingham law firm of Sheffield, Sheffield and Lentine, P.C. He practices criminal defense work on the trial and appellate levels throughout Alabama, and in a variety of Federal trial and appellate courts.

Bearden and Lentine are both Cumberland graduates.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.