Thursday, September 8, 2005
Cardoza CrimProf Barry Scheck, the cofounder and executive director of the Innocence Project at Cardozo School of Law, will be the keynote speaker at a program sponsored by the American Judicature Society (AJS) and Drake University School of Law. “Barry Scheck on Wrongful Convictions” will be held on October 3, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center at 24th Street and University Avenue. Scheck’s lecture is free of charge and open to the public and an application for CLE credit is pending.
“Barry Scheck's work has awakened many Americans to the reality that their criminal justice system is not flawless,” said Allan D. Sobel, president of AJS. “His efforts have helped identify and highlight the defects that require attention.”
This program is the first of a four-part series on the justice system sponsored by AJS and Drake University School of Law. A program discussing current issues of the pro se litigation reform movement is scheduled for November 15, 2005. Programs on the jury system and judicial independence and accountability will be held in February and March 2006. All programs in this series are free and open to the public, and it is anticipated that each program will offer 1-2 hours of CLE credit.
Scheck is arguably the most prominent expert on the use of DNA evidence in the courtroom. He co-founded the Innocence Project with Peter Neufeld in 1992.To date, the Innocence Project has successfully secured the exoneration of 162 persons. He and Neufeld also coauthored, with Jim Dwyer, Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted, a book drawn from cases taken by the Innocence Project. He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served on the board of the National Institute of Justice's Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. In addition to his work at the Innocence Project, he is a professor of law at Cardozo School of Law, and has represented notable clients including O.J. Simpson and Louise Woodward, the British au pair found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of a baby in 1997. [Mark Godsey]