Mass Exoneration and Ethics, 4/9

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April 9, 2018

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Stories of police misconduct, law enforcement lab scandals, discredited experts and faulty forensics have made national headlines in recent years. Yet how many other convictions tainted by systemic error or ethically compromised officials exist and go unexamined once the headlines fade?

The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance joins forces with leading criminal justice organizations to tackle this question and more as part of a daylong symposium entitled “Mass Exoneration and Ethics.” The event will bring together legal experts from around the nation—and across the ideological aisle—to discuss ways to investigate and consider large-scale reviews of cases affected by systemic errors or misconduct.

“Mass Exoneration and Ethics” is presented in partnership with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Exoneration Project, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Registry of Exonerations, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, City of Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Symposium takes place on Monday, April 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Laurence E. Hirsch'71 classroom (Room 101) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4 substantive and 2 ethics CLE credits.

 

 

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Welcome: 9 a.m.

Steven Chanenson, Director, The David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Eva Nagao, Managing Director, Exoneration Project


9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Uncovering Systemic Misconduct

Michael Mellon, Defender Association Philadelphia
David B. Owens, Staff Attorney and Lecturer in Law, Exoneration Project, University of Chicago
Vanessa Antoun, Senior Resource Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Peter Neufeld, Co-Director, Innocence Project
John Roberts, Executive Director, Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services, Ernst & Young and Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI


Moderated by Carl Williams, Staff Attorney, ACLU Massachusetts


Break


10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Litigating Mass Exoneration

Brad Bridge, Assistant Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Debbie Katz Levi, Assistant Public Defender, Felony Trial Division District 1, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Matthew Segal, Legal Director, ACLU Massachusetts
Joshua Tepfer, Lecturer in Law, Exoneration Project


Moderated by Barry Scheck, Co-director, Innocence Project


12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch and Featured Speaker

Lawrence Krasner, District Attorney, City of Philadelphia
 

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Consequences of Corrupt Convictions

Sharon Dietrich, Litigation Director and Managing Attorney, Community Legal Services
Byron Cotter, Director of Alternative Sentencing, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Juan Rivera, Exoneree and Founder, JustIs 4 JustUs
Mark Cichowicz, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia


Moderated by Kristine Bunch, Exoneree and Executive Director, JustIs 4 JustUs


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Media and Mass Exoneration

Melissa Segura, Investigative Reporter, Buzzfeed News
Mark Fazlollah, Reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wendy Ruderman, Investigative Reporter, Philadelphia Daily News
Barbara Laker, Investigative Reporter, Philadelphia Daily News
John Conroy, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center Senior Investigator, MacArthur Justice Center, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


Moderated by Maurice Possley, Senior Researcher, The National Registry of Exonerations


Break


3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Perspectives from Law Enforcement


Tracy Kavanagh, Assistant District Attorney, City of Philadelphia Office of the District Attorney
David LaBahn, President and CEO, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Eric Sussman, First Assistant, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office


Moderated by Ronald Sullivan Jr., Director, Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School


4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Concluding Statement

 

**panelists are subject to change.