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Mar 012014
 

Firm partner, Brian Kent, is an adjunct professor at one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing and reputable law schools, Drexel University School of Law. For the past several years, Mr. Kent has coached the law school’s renowned Trial Team which helps law students hone trial skills.

Last fall, Mr. Kent co-authored a monumental brief which was submitted to the United States Supreme Court. That brief was submitted on behalf of the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA). In Paroline v. United States and Amy Unknown, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering an issue important to Mr. Kent’s firm – the rights of victims of child sex abuse. Jasleen Singh, a third year law student and Trial Team member clerks at Laffey, Bucci & Kent.  Ms. Singh provided significant legal research in crafting the arguments made in the brief.

In the Paroline case, the Court will decide whether a convicted child pornographer will be required to pay restitution to the victim depicted in the images and if so, to what extent.

Essentially, the NCVBA brief argued that those who view child pornography should be held accountable to the fullest extent and therefore be required to pay full restitution to the victims depicted in the images.

Considering the importance of the case and its significance in child sex abuse jurisprudence, the Paroline v. US brief made news at Drexel University.

Brian Kent & the National Crime Victim Bar Association

The National Crime Victim Bar Association is comprised of the nation’s leading victim advocates and lawyers. Brian Kent has been a member for many years.

In 2009, Mr. Kent was invited to present at the NCVBA’s annual conference where he discussed cooperation of civil lawyers and prosecutors in crime victim cases such as sexual abuse and child molestation cases.

In 2013, Mr. Kent returned as a presenter at the NCVBA’s 2013 annual conference where he discussed civil liability in workplace violence cases.