Wanda M. Akin, was formerly the Managing Attorney for Chubb & Son, Inc.’s, New Jersey House Counsel law firm, Scanlon & Akin, and a Senior Trial Attorney and Of Counsel to Podvey, Sachs, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner & Cocoziello from November 1994 through January 1998. Ms. Akin now maintains her independent practice in Newark, New Jersey and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hall University School of Law and Seton Hall University’s John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy And International Relations.
Ms. Akin has over 26 years of experience as a trial lawyer in a wide variety of cases, including criminal defense (in US and International Courts), complex product liability, property claims, construction accident litigation, catastrophic personal injury, employment/labor, trademark and copyright, and other complex litigation (representing three New Jersey Municipalities and their respective Police Departments and personnel in complex employment and personal injury litigation). She has been trial counsel in numerous cases in New Jersey State Courts and Federal Courts, New York State and Federal Courts, Maryland and Pennsylvania State Courts, and in many other Federal Court actions throughout the United States.
She served as co-counsel to an Accused at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. She is a member of the List of Counsel eligible to represent accused and victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and currently represents the first Darfurian victims recognized by the ICC to participate in the Darfur Situation.
She is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on the Rules of Evidence, a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (for 18 years), a founding Master in the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association Inn of Court, and a Presidential Appointee to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Committee on Judicial Administration. In 1999, she served as the President of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association.
Ms. Akin has taught International Criminal Law in the Seton Hall Law/American University In Cairo summer program in Cairo, Egypt and teaches International Criminal Law and Peacemaking and Peacekeeping in Contemporary World at the Seton Hall University John C. Whitehead School where she was 2005 Adjunct Faculty Of The Year. She has taught Persuasion & Advocacy and the Trial of a Criminal Case at Seton Hall Law School and has lectured and presented widely in the areas of trial advocacy, international law, media and persuasion, publishing/literary ventures and criminal trial preparation to lawyers, students, bar groups and to a wide variety of businesses and other citizens on various topics.
Ms. Akin is also a periodic guest commentator on Court TV, MS-NBC, Inside The Law (PBS) NJN (New Jersey Network); UPN 9 News and CN8 It’s Your Call. She covered the delivery of the acquittal of O.J. Simpson for America’s Talking and discussed the reaction of African American Women to the verdict on Rivera Live. She was MS-NBC’s political commentator during the 2000 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the 2000 Presidential Election. She is a frequent panelist/lecturer and seminar producer on issues concerning the trial bar and in particular, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Among these recent engagements, Ms. Akin in conjunction with her husband and co-counsel Raymond M. Brown, led panels on special challenges in international law at the Arab Diplomat Training Program for UNITAR; was a speaker on conflict resolution and peace building for Swiss Peace in Entebbe, Uganda; lectured on victims participation in the ICC and violence against women in Darfur at the United Nations Association’s International Women’s Day; and discussed the latest developments in the Darfur Crisis and the recent decision of the ICC to issue an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Rule of Law Conference. Wanda is also counsel to three publishing houses as well as authors and writers in literary matters. She has appeared on TODAY, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and New York’s NewsChannel 4 with respect to cases and with clients on literary matters.