State v. Ward: A Supreme Court Case w/ Alumni Bear Wilner-Nugent '95

On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 attorney Bear Wilner-Nugent ’95 will speak about his upcoming case on behalf of his client to overturn decisions relating to important rights for people with intellectual disabilities facing criminal prosecution:

1. Whether a trial court erred when it found that Bear's client waived his Miranda rights (right to remain silent, etc.) when the police arrested him; and

2. Whether the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution prohibit the Oregon trial courts from sentencing an intellectually disabled person convicted of aggravated murder to life in prison without the possibility of release or parole.

If you are interested in criminal law, constitutional law, the rights of Oregon citizens and our vulnerable populations, what appellate law is all about, or just want to see what it's like to argue a case in front of the Oregon Supreme Court, please join us!

Dinner will be provided!

Bear Wilner-Nugent is a graduate of Reed College, the University of Oregon, and Lewis and Clark Law School. After working as a law clerk with the Federal Public Defender and a staff attorney with Metropolitan Public Defender, Bear opened his own practice in 2008. Bear represents state and federal criminal defendants at trial, on appeal, and on collateral review. Bear also handles a broad variety of civil and administrative litigation. For more about Bear's background and practice, please see

This event is being co-sponsored by the Reed Legal Network, Alumni Programs, and Center for Life Beyond Reed.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prexy, Living Room
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type

Student, Informational Session




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