The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is proud to partner with the Center on Wrongful Convictions and announce the upcoming Conviction Integrity Conference, a groundbreaking event that will bring together members of the law enforcement and criminal justice reform communities to discuss the critical issue of conviction integrity review. The Conference will consist of three panels featuring prominent representatives of the prosecutorial, judicial, and innocence movement communities.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:30-4:45 p.m.
Thorne Auditorium,
Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
(Pre-Registration required here; 3.5 hours IL MCLE credit available)


12:30 – 12:50 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Karen Daniel
Co-Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions

Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney

12:50 – 1:50 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Why We Need Conviction Integrity Review
Steven Art (JD '09)
Justice Council member, Loevy & Loevy

Alan Beaman | Exoneree | Rockford, IL

Honorable Paul P. Biebel Jr. | Presiding Judge | Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

Thomas Breen | Former Assistant Cook County State's Attorney

Keith Findley | Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Law | Co-Director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project

1:50 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Conviction Integrity Units – Purpose, Structure, Operations, and Challenges

Joshua Tepfer
Project Co-Director, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

Anita Alvarez | State's Attorney | Cook County, IL

Michael Nerheim | State's Attorney | Lake County, IL

Kenneth Thompson | District Attorney | Kings County (Brooklyn), NY

David Angel | District Attorney and head of the District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit | Santa Clara County

Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. | Special Counsel to the District Attorney, Kings County (Brooklyn), NY, Conviction Review Unit | Professor, Harvard Law School

Jose Torres | Assistant Prosecutor and head of Prosecutor's Conviction Integrity Unit | Cuyahoga County

Russell Wilson II | Special Fields Bureau Chief and head of the District | Dallas County

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.


3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Common Causes of Wrongful Convictions
Judy Royal (JD '81)
Staff Attorney, Center on Wrongful Convictions

Penny Beerntsen | Sexual assault survivor | Eyewitness error

John Malooly | Former ATF fire investigator | Arson and fire science

Jim Trainum | Former DC homicide detective | False confessions

Deborah Tuerkheimer | Professor, Northwestern University School of Law | Shaken Baby Syndrome; abusive head trauma

4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Rami Fakhouri (JD '10)
Justice Council member
Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
David LaBahn
President & CEO, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Center on Wrongful Convictions: Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwester Law
State's Attorney, Cook County, Illinois
Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Jenner & Block
Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions

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