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Roger Cossack    

Host of Court TV's "Open Court"

Veteran legal analyst and legal news journalist Roger Cossack joined Court TV network’s daytime signature live trial coverage as an anchor in 2002. He serves as a substitute host for the daytime program “Open Court”, and contributes analysis to the network’s legal news specials.

Cossack joins Court TV from CNN, where he co-hosted the daily legal news program Burden of Proof. At CNN, he also provided commentary on a variety of legal issues, including the 2000 presidential recount, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. He also contributed a regular column to the network’s online Law Center. Prior to CNN, Cossack was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office where he tried local and federal cases in more than 20 states. He has also served as a defense counsel and argued U.S. vs. Leon in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984.

Cossack has written for legal publications including the John Marshall Law Review, California Lawyer and the New York State Bar Criminal Journal. Cossack served as an assistant dean at UCLA, where he earned his Juris Doctor.

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• Roger Cossack Takes On the Issues of the Day: Cossack puts his vast legal experience in the hands of your audience during this information packed presentation. He can speak to any business, community, or industry specific legal matter that is important to your audience. No matter what direction you choose to go in, you can feel confident in his ability to tackle all the latest legal issues of the day, including: gun control, the death penalty, the first amendment, and any other legal matter that is making the headlines.

• The Legal Side of America’s War on Terrorism: Roger Cossack explores the often overlooked and fascinating legal issues associated with the War on Terrorism. He discusses military tribunals, detention without trial, secret evidence, privacy and John Walker’s precedent setting trial. This eye-opening presentation provides a solid foundation for your audience to better understand the headlines.

• Roger Cossack as Moderator: An expert at leading discussions and facilitating dialogue, Cossack will create an informative and entertaining environment where opposing points of view can be turned into positive progress. A former law professor, he is also excellent at managing the Socratic Dialogue approach to discussing an issue. Regardless of the subject, get ready to have a great time getting to the heart of the issue.


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