Paralegal Club Event: Hate Crimes


Wednesday, October 16, 4:45 p.m.


BIC 1404, COD (Glen Ellyn main campus )

In Illinois, how do you turn a misdemeanor into a felony? Add ‘Hate’.

Please join us for a presentation on Illinois Hate Crimes. Our presenter is Deb Klein, attorney and COD Criminal Justice Instructor. She will explain why we have such a law in Illinois, and sentencing for hate crimes convictions.

Deborah Klein (formerly Lantermo) is a Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at College of DuPage. Her educational background includes a J.D. Degree from Northern Illinois University, a B.S. Degree from Illinois State University, and an A.A. Degree from Madison Business College. Klein is licensed and admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Illinois and Idaho. Klein is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining COD as a full-time faculty member, Klein served as the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in Bannock County, Idaho. Klein has prosecuted all types of criminal cases, focusing primarily on felonies, including capital cases. Her work experience includes 13 years as a prosecuting attorney in Illinois and Idaho, teaching Criminal Law in the Paralegal Program at Idaho State University, and teaching courses on the secondary school level on the LCO Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Klein currently teaches a variety of law courses offered at COD, is the author of Guide to Criminal Law for Illinois, and Court Transcripts: A Window on the Criminal Justice System, and is working on additional publications in the area of criminal law. Klein serves as a Faculty Advisor for the COD student organization, Academy of Law and Criminal Justice.



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