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CIFS Academic Symposium

Hosted in partnership with Northwestern University

Chicago, IL | June 21, 2019

Chicago Symposium Agenda

 

Putting Science in Forensic Science

Symposium of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS)

and the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC)

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

June 21, 2019

 

9:00-9:15        Welcome: Dean Strang, Jerry Buting, & Keith Findley, Co-founders, the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences; Steven Drizin & Laura Nirider, the Center on Wrongful Convictions

 

9:15-9:45         A Broken System: How Did We Get Where We Are Today?

Barry Scheck & Peter Neufeld, Co-founders, the Innocence Project

 

9:45-10:45       After the NAS Report, the National Commission on Forensic Science, and PCAST, Where Do We Go from Here? Part 1

William Thompson, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine; Jennifer Mnookin, Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Peter Neufeld, Co-founder, Innocence Project, and Former Member, National Commission on Forensic Science; Dean Strang & Jerry Buting, attorneys and co-founders of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS)

 

10:45-11:00     BREAK

 

11:00-12:00     After the NAS Report, the National Commission on Forensic Science, and PCAST, Where Do We Go from Here? Part 2

William Thompson, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine; Jennifer Mnookin, Dean and David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Peter Neufeld, Co-founder, Innocence Project, and Former Member, National Commission on Forensic Science; Dean Strang & Jerry Buting, attorneys and co-founders of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS)

 

12:00-12:15     The Need For Reform

James Falvey, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer at EMX

 

12:15               LUNCH. On your own.

 

1:15-2:15         Problems with Pattern-Matching Disciplines: Firearms and Toolmarks

Jennifer Friedman, Assistant Special Circumstances Coordinator and Forensic Science Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office; William Thompson, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine

 

2:15-3:15         Problems with Medical Diagnosis of Crime: Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and its Intersection with Confession Evidence

Katherine Judson, Executive Director of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences and National SBS/AHT Litigation Coordinator; Keith Findley, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and co-founder of the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS); David Thompson, CFI, Vice President of Operations and Director of Research and Innovation, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

 

3:15-3:30         BREAK

 

3:30-4:30         Reimagining the Crime Laboratory: The Houston Example

Amy Castillo & Akilah Mance, the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC); Sandra Guerra Thompson, Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center and Board member, HFSC

 

4:30-5:00         Closing Remarks: Barry Scheck