"For as much as the practice of law requires lawyers to deal with issues of race, such discussions are always difficult. During his defense of George Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara demonstrated a degree of ease with this topic that few lawyers possess. The Criminal Justice Program at Duquesne Law School invited Mr. O'Mara to come address his critics and explain his tactics both in the courtroom and in the media. O'Mara's presentation -- and the presentation of his Communications Director, Shawn Vincent -- was incredibly instructive for lawyers in dealing with the very sensitive issue of race, not only in courtrooms but also in considerably less predictable media forums. Perhaps even more importantly, Mr. O'Mara is very unlike many celebrity lawyers -- he is very down-to-earth and approachable. He remained at a reception until the last attendees left, having meaningful conversations with every student and member of the community who wished to speak with him. Those who admired him before his visit, as well as those who were very critical of him before meeting him, almost without exception came away from the event impressed with his skill, expertise, and sensitivity to a very important and delicate issue."
Wesley Oliver --Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Scholarship, and Criminal Justice Program Director,
Duquesne Law School