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02 March 2016

Making A Murderer Lawyer To Visit Belfast

The Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association (NIYSA) is delighted to announce that Jerry Buting, American Criminal Defence Attorney and star of hit Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer” will act as guest speaker at the Academic Programme of the European Young Bar Association Conference taking place in Belfast on Friday 8 April 2016.

Mr Buting expressed his excitement about the forthcoming Belfast based event;

“Having dedicated my life to the legal profession, I am grateful to be able to attend such a wonderful event and help young lawyers in any way I can. I’m acutely aware of the challenges facing young lawyers in today’s world, so I’m always keen to pass on any useful advice I may have received over the years. Belfast is a wonderful city which has really progressed in recent years, and, in addition, I have family ties in County Antrim so I’m genuinely excited for the event and trip to Northern Ireland.”

Mr Buting was also keen to praise the efforts of the NIYSA whilst drawing upon his experience in the hit documentary series;

“I would like to congratulate Julie-Ann and the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association for earning the chance to host the European Young Bar event. The Stephen Avery case was exceptionally challenging and ultimately disappointing, however, the "Making a Murderer" documentary has captured the public imagination and has got many young people interested in the legal profession once more.”

NIYSA Chair, Julie-Ann McCaffrey spoke of her delight at bringing such an event to Belfast;

“As Chair of the NIYSA I am exceptionally proud to have been able to bring an event of this magnitude to Belfast. With the help of our sponsors, Herbert Smith Freehills, Brightwater Recruitment, Cleaver Fulton Rankin, the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar Library, lawyers from all across Europe and further afield will get to sample this wonderful event and explore some of what Belfast has to offer.Having Jerry Buting on board as a guest speaker will add plenty of excitement to the event, so we hope for excellent support and turn out.

The ‘Making a Murderer’ series was the first documentary of its kind to obtain international interest and provide a unique insight into court room trials. I have no doubt many attendees will be enthused at the prospect at hearing Jerry speak and asking questions on the notorious case.”

The three day conference will commence on the 7th of April 2016 with a welcome reception at the Ivory Restaurant, Belfast.

The main academic conference will take place at Ten Square Hotel on Friday the 8th of April 2016 with a full programme of social events over the weekend.

There are limited tickets available for this event.

Members are asked to book early to avoid disappointment. For more details, please visit

http://www.niysa.com/blog/eyba-spring-conference-belfast-7-10-april-2016/