• Wrongful Convictions: Litigating And Preventing

Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy

4 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

“Wrongful Convictions: Litigating and Preventing” addresses vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system that make possible the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons.

In two successive Thursday-afternoon sessions, state and federal court judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys will explore ways of improving the criminal justice system in order to prevent the grievous injustice of wrongful convictions.

In the first week’s program, “Righting Wrongs,” trial and appellate counsel will recount real-life lessons in evaluating and litigating cases aimed at reversing wrongful convictions. Judicial commentary will provide an inside look at how judges deal with these momentous legal issues.

The following week’s program, “Preventing Wrongful Convictions,” will examine steps to prevent wrongful convictions. Expert litigators will address best practices in handling eyewitness identifications, preventing false confessions and ineffective assistance of counsel, and use of forensic evidence and confidential informants.

Register online for Wrongful Convictions: Litigating and Preventing, which is geared to attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers, and members of the general public

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