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First Wednesdays Series: Armies of Enablers

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Criminal Law |  #MeToo
John M. Geiringer |  Amos N. Guiora
60 minutes




Stories of powerful men who have abused positions of trust to commit sexual abuse against hundreds of survivors have dominated headlines in recent years. From dozens of gymnasts who testified against former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar, to the thousands of women and men who shared their encounters with sexual misconduct when the #MeToo movement broke in 2017, the country continues to reckon with how —and why —these types of assaults happen. 

In a new book, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Amos Guiora focuses on another aspect of abuse: bystanders who fail to intervene to stop the behavior.

In Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal In Sexual Assaults, Guiora explores the role of bystanders complicit in abuse and their effect on victims by interviewing survivors of recent and well-known cases of sexual abuse in communities including higher education, elite athletics, sports organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, the entertainment industry, and elected officials. He proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective.

Guiora will discuss the book in a webinar hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law that is free and open to the public on November 4, 2020 at 5:00pm (Central Time). 

This event is presented by the Chicago-Kent College of Law Center for National Security and Human Rights Law and the Office of Continuing Legal Education.


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John M. Geiringer's Profile

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Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.


Amos N. Guiora's Profile

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University of Utah

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah. He is actively involved in bystander legislation efforts in Utah and other states around the country.

Professor Guiora has an A.B. in history from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a PhD from Leiden University. He has published extensively both in the United States and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism, and human rights.

His books include Five Words That Changed America: Miranda v. Arizona and the Right to Remain Silent (2020); Populist and Islamist Challenges for International Law (2019); Earl Warren, Ernesto Miranda and Terrorism (2018); The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (2017); Tolerating Intolerance: The Price of Protecting Extremism (2014); and Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security (2009).

Professor Guiora is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law (CRSHL), Chicago-Kent College of Law.



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