The Role of the Courts in Improving Forensic Science
 

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The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is proud to partner with the American Bar Association and announce the upcoming symposium, The Role of the Courts in Improving Forensic Science. The Symposium will examine the progress made since The National Academy of Science issued a report on the handling of forensic science in court and address the role of the court in improving forensic science.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:30 - 5: 00 p.m.
Lincoln Hall
Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(Pre-Registration required here; Free CLE credit available)

CONFERENCE AGENDA

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Panel
Holding the Keys to the Gate - The Role of the Judiciary in Improving Forensic Science

Professor John F. Hollway | Director | Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice | University of Pennsylvania Law School

Honorable Donald E. Shelton, JD, PhD | Director | Criminal Justice Program | University of Michigan-Dearborn

Honorable Thomas M. Durkin | Judge | United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Panel
Pushing the Gate Closed; Holding It Open - The Role of Attorneys

Jules Epstein | Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law

Julia Leighton | General Counsel | Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Honorable Ron Reinstein | Judge | Superior Court of Arizona (Ret.), Judicial Consultant, Arizona Supreme Court

Matthew F. Redle | County and Prosecuting Attorney | Sheridan County, Wyoming

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Closing the Back Gate - Challenging and Excluding Improper Opinion Evidence from Recognized Forensic Science Disciplines

Jane Campbell Moriarty, JD | Professor of Law, Duquesne University

Andrew Sulner, MSFS, JD | Forensic Document Examinations, LLC

Jonathan J. Koehler, JD | Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on own

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Slamming the Gate Shut - Judicial Responsibility for Opening the Gate to Valid Forensic Evidence

Honarble Stephanie Domitrovich | Erie County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania

Honorable Nancy Gertner (ret.) | Harvard Law School

Honorable Calvin Scott | Superior Court of Delaware

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Panel
After Closing the Door - Getting Junk Science Out of Courts Post-Conviction

Tucker Carrington | Director of the Mississippi Innocence Project and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Robert C. Khayat Law Center

David L. Faigman | John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, and Associate Dean, UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

David Koropp | Partner | Winston & Strawn, LLP

Barry Scheck | Co-Director of the Innocence Project and Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Improving the Gate - The Future of Courts and Forensic Science

Carol Henderson | Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

Jules Epstein | Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law

Honorable Ron Reinstein | Judge | Superior Court of Arizona (Ret.), Judicial Consultant, Arizona Supreme Court

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

This event does require free pre-registration, please register here.

For information about JCLC's previous Symposium, The Conviction Integrity Conference, please click here.

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