Views By Two Series
The case against Larry Nassar: A survivor and trial attorney’s perspective
John Manly, partner at Manly, Stewart and Finaldi, and Jeanette Antolin, former American Gymnast and member of the US National Team.
Please join us for a special presentation that is part of our Views By Two series, which brings together unique perspectives on important topics in the field of psychology and law.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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Thursday, March 7th, 2019
University of California, Irvine Campus
UCI Student Center, Moss Cove AB (building 113 on the campus map)
*Parking is available at the Student Center Parking Lot (SCPS on the campus map). You must purchase a parking permit from either the attendant or the machines*
On January 24th 2018, an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Larry Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for the sexual assault of minors. Nassar was the USA Gymnastics national team doctor from 1997-2014, as well as an osteopathic physician at Michigan State University. Ultimately over 150 girls and women accused Nassar of sexual abuse and molestation, and confronted him during his trial in 2018. During this special Views by Two presentation, we will be hearing from two individuals who have been at this center of this case in particular, as well as the larger conversation of how sexual abuse on this scale continued for so many years. We will be joined by John Manly, a partner at Manly, Stewart and Finaldi who represented several of the Olympic gymnasts during this case, as well as Jeanette Antolin, a member of the 1995-2000 Olympic Gymnast team, and one of the first survivors to speak out against Nassar. Mr. Manly and Ms. Antolin will discuss their experiences with this case, from the unique perspectives as a prosecutor and survivor.
John Manly, J.D.
John obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a certificate in defense and strategic studies from the University of Southern California. In 1990, John received his J.D. from Pepperdine University Law School, and thereafter served as a law clerk to the General Counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C. John also served 10 years in the United States military, as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. A member of the California, Arizona, New York and Alaska Bar Associations, John is admitted to practice in numerous federal district courts.
Named one of California’s “Top 100 Attorneys” and one of California’s top 30 Plaintiff Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal John C. Manly is California’s preeminent attorney representing victims of sexual abuse. Over the past decade, John and his legal team have been heavily involved in the most significant sexual abuse actions litigated across the nation, assisting in the recovery of nearly two billion dollars—through trial and settlement—on behalf sexual abuse victims. Additionally, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi’s litigation has effectuated significant non-monetary changes to the policies and procedures of religious, youth educational and charitable organizations, helping to keep kids safe.
Mr. Manly has devoted his time to assembling a powerful team of attorneys who specialize in litigating sexual abuse civil cases on behalf of children and vulnerable adults, firmly establishing Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as the nation’s preeminent law firm in the field. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi specializes in litigation of molestation, sexual harassment and exploitation actions in religious, employment, educational, familial and other settings.
Manly, Stewart& Finaldi successfully litigated more than one thousand cases on behalf of Catholic clergy abuse survivors including the $660 million global settlement of 508 sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles.
The firm has also represented hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse by teachers, coaches and school employees. These cases include the $140 million global settlement of 81 child sexual abuse claims against Los Angeles Unified School District resulting from the sexual abuse of students at Miramonte Elementary School by Mark Berndt. This is the largest child sex abuse settlement against any public agency in the United States
John Manly’s recent high-profile cases have included a 500-million-dollar settlement with Michigan State University on behalf of the survivors former Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team doctor Larry Nassar.
Jeanette Antolin (born October 5, 1981) is a former American artistic gymnast who was a member of the U.S. national team from 1995 to 2000. In 1999, she competed at the Pan American Games, where she helped the U.S. win a team silver medal, and she was a part of the 1997 and 1999 Artistic Gymnastics World Championship teams. She then joined the UCLA Bruins.
Jeanette was a member of the UCLA Bruins women’s gymnastics team and helped them win NCAA titles in 2001, 2003, and 2004. In 2004, she was named the Sports Illustrated On Campus National Gymnast of the Year.
In 2017, Jeanette filed a lawsuit alleging that, during her gymnastics career, she had been sexually abused by the national team doctor, Larry Nassar. She was one of the very first national team members to speak out against Nassar. Jeanette and two others, Jamie Dantzscher and Jessica Howard, described the abuse in an appearance on 60 Minutes in February 2017. Since then more than 400 women have accused Nassar of sexual abuse.
In February of 2018, Jeanette joined more than 150 Nassar survivors delivering heart wrenching victim impact statements at Nassar’s sentencing on sexual assault charges. The televised public testimony of these brave women captivated the nation and has forced the resignation of top officials at Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee.
Jeanette has received prestigious awards and honors for her advocacy of behalf of sexual abuse victims, including the 2018 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.