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More than 20 years before anyone had heard of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, a subway car shooting sparked a nationwide debate about race, crime and vigilante justice.

Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four unarmed African-American teenagers whom he claimed were trying to rob him. Was this a racist, unprovoked crime or a hero trying to defend himself?

Fordham Law professor Thane Rosenbaum is joined by prosecutor Gregory Waples, defense attorney Barry Slotnick, juror Mark Lesly and media personality Geraldo Rivera, to revisit the case that shook the city and the nation.

CLE CREDIT has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for attorneys to earn one (1) skills and one half (.5) ethics transitional and nontransitional credits. Fees are $40 for attorneys. Fordham University School of Law has a financial hardship policy. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Programming & CLE at 212-636-6945 or


Can't make it to the event? Leave your questions for our guests below, and they might be used on stage during the Q&A. Keep an eye on 92Y On Demand after the event for any video clips we might share! You might see your question used on stage.


Trials & Error is a new series, hosted by novelist and Fordham Law professor Thane Rosenbaum. It focuses on high-profile court cases and brings together the lawyers, media and even the involved parties themselves to look back and review the judgment of the court, and of history. The series is produced by longtime Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Joel Seidemann.

Co-produced with the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.

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YourStage events that are ON have been confirmed; PENDING events need to generate more ticket sales; If an event fails to generate enough ticket sales, the event will be CALLED OFF, and all ticket holders will be refunded.

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Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.


Who is eligible for priority registration?

Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.

How do I know if I qualify?

Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.

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To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.