Defending Child Sex Abuse Allegations

Topic: Join LACDL for a virtual CLE with Renee Bourg on Defending Child Sex Abuse Allegations. A summary of the program is below. This 1-hour CLE offering is FREE to LACDL members, but you must register in advance in order to attend.

It’s no secret, jurors are consumed with disgust the second they hear your client is charged with sexually abusing a child. Try as you might to eliminate “bad” jurors, inevitably, your jury will be made up of people who believe your client is guilty but, nonetheless, assured the Court they can be fair. Though we know how jurors think, we do little-to-nothing at trial to change their thinking. Arguing the child’s changing story is not enough. The jury needs more information. And, the information is surprisingly abundant in the case file and at your fingertips.

Experience trial through the eyes of the jury. See what the jury sees and learn what the jury wants. Specific changes are identified, followed by instruction on how to make those changes using the State’s own witnesses. This is a crash course on how to take control of a trial, transform State’s witnesses into your witnesses, and give the jury reason to doubt. Motion practice is essential in these cases, therefore, a motion bank is included with the materials. Time permitting, we will discuss how to best use the motions to advance your case.

Time: August 26, 2020 |  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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LACDL's OnDemand page to earn your self-study CLE credits.
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Renee Bourg has been a Public Defender with the 24th JDC for over 10 years where she is a felony division trial lawyer.  Renee earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Loyola University College of Law in 2009. She graduated second in Loyola’s civil law division, and in the top ten of the overall graduating class.  Renee was a Casenote/Comment Editor of the Loyola Law Review, where her student comment was published.  She was named a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar and a St. Ignatius Award nominee.  She received the Dean’s Award and was a J. Sanford Levy Best Brief Competition finalist.  Renee also received Law Excellence Awards for moot court, mediation and arbitration, entertainment law, child advocacy, and business law.  She also received the Corporate and Business Law LSBA Award. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans summa cum laude, where she graduated first in her graduating class and received the Chancellor’s Award. 

Prior to law school, Renee was a Louisiana State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser who owned and operated her own commercial and residential appraisal company.  She was also a partner in a real estate brokerage firm.