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Kristen Gibbons Feden Speaks at Conference on Crimes Against Women

April 24, 2019
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon Attorney Kristen Gibbons Feden delivered the keynote address and served on three panels at the 2019 Conference on Crimes Against Women on April 8 and 9 in Dallas, Texas.

Feden’s first panel, “The Ultimate Act of Power & Control: Overcoming Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Homicide Cases,” proposed strategies to anticipate and counter common defenses in domestic violence homicide prosecution, as well as ways to counter “non-defenses” such as jury nullification or attempts to impugn the victim’s character. Feden presented alongside Patricia Powers, Attorney Advisor of Aequitas, a nonprofit organization focused on developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices related to gender-based violence and human trafficking.

She, alongside M. Stewart Ryan and Sergeant Richard Schaffer, also presented a case study, “Commonwealth v. Cosby – Bringing Cosby to Justice: The First Conviction in the #MeToo Era,” that focused on the most impactful decisions made in the Cosby case, the challenges of trying the case twice under an international microscope, and the critical value of having the same detective involved from the first investigation in 2005 through conviction in 2018. Feden prosecuted the Commonwealth v. Cosby case with District Attorney Kevin Steele and Ryan.  Sergeant Schaffer and Detectives James Reape and Michael Shade were the affiants.

Feden’s final panel, “Seizing the Opportunity: Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Current & Cold Cases of Sexual Assault,” discussed the importance of preparing a strategy for cross-examination at the earliest stages of trial preparation, reviewing evidence, listening to the defendant’s testimony on direct, revealing the defendant’s character through questioning, and exposing the defendant’s predatory behaviors. Feden presented alongside E. Dalia Racine and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisors of Aequitas.

Feden is a nationally acclaimed litigator and concentrates her practice on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and abuse, ethical concerns, discrimination, and other misconduct. She represents clients in general and complex litigation matters, including sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and Title IX and corporate regulatory compliance, as well as clients in the financial services industry.

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