The People vs Eve : A Trial

Little is known of Eve, the mother of humankind. However, one day, on a walk through the Garden of Eden, she sampled the forbidden product of a special tree. Now charges of theft and sedition have been brought! Chief Justice O’Connor will hear the case as attorneys for Eve and for the People uncover the facts, present the evidence and deliver their arguments. Was it a fruit or a felony? The audience-as-jury will decide. While jury votes are counted, a distinguished panel will wrestle with the challenging cultural and ethical issues enmeshed in Eve’s actions and legacy.


Presiding Judge: The Honorable Maureen O’Connor, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio
Defense Attorney: Avery Friedman, civil rights attorney, Chief Counsel of The Fair Housing Council, and CNN legal correspondent
Prosecuting Attorney: Geoffrey S. Mearns, President, Northern Kentucky University, former Provost, Cleveland State University and Dean, C|M|LAW
Rabbi Steve Segar, Spiritual Leader, Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish Community
Dr. Susan W. Hinze, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, Case Western Reserve University
The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Cathedral
Panel Moderator: The Rev. Leah C.K. Lewis, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

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