At the 2016 meeting of the National Crime Victims Bar Association, Slade McLaughlin (far left) and Paul Lauricella (far right) moderated a discussion on the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal depicted in the Oscar winning movie, Spotlight, with the reporter, attorney, and victims depicted in the film.
The conference was held in conjunction with the National Center for Victims of Crime’s National Training Institute, bringing together up to 1,000 civil attorneys, victim advocates, criminal justice professionals and law enforcement officers to share their knowledge and experience across disciplines.
The National Center for Victims of Crime’s National Training Institute is one of the largest and most well respected avenues for reaching over 700 professionals working with victims of crime from across the country. The Conference equips attendees with the most up-to-date and effective information and tools available so they can better respond to the needs of victims of crime in their communities.
Slade and Paul spoke as moderators before 800 people in furtherance of a panel discussion on sex abuse in the context of the recent movie, [Wikipedia link] Spotlight – The Movie. Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film that follows The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests.
The movie Spotlight won numerous guilds and critics’ association awards, and was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay from six nominations in total.