Attorneys to discuss perplexing legal issues Monday (10/22) at Purdue Calumet

Should lawyers represent an individual they believe is guilty? Should a teenager ever be tried as an adult? Do race and socio-economic status factor into jury decisions?

These, and other perplexing legal questions will be discussed by a panel of local attorneys and Purdue University alumni at 6 p.m., Monday (10/22). The discussion, “Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It?”, will be held at Purdue University Calumet in the Student Union & Library’s Room with a View on the concourse level.

Lake County Superior Court Judge Jesse Villalpando will moderate a panel consisting of attorneys Lisa Beck (Sendak & Stamper), Angela Crossin (Crossin Law Office of Valparaiso), Shontrai Irving (State Farm Litigation Counsel), Joann Price (Lake County Public Defender) and Jeffrey Semko (Law Office of Paul Rossi, LLC).

Villalpando, Crossin and Irving earned graduate degrees at Purdue Calumet. Price and Semko are West Lafayette baccalaureate graduates. Beck earned a baccalaureate degree at Purdue North Central.

Community members are invited. Admission is free. Attorneys can earn two hours of continuing legal education credits by attending. Due to limited seating prospective attendees are encouraged to pre-register on line at or phone 219/989-2308.

The program is part of Purdue Calumet’s Platinum Speakers Series, co-sponsored by Purdue Alumni Calumet and the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association.