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Innocence Project co-director to discuss lab ethics in wrongful convictions at ABA forensics conference

Innocence Project co-director to discuss lab ethics in wrongful convictions at ABA forensics conference

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 — Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, will be among the speakers slated to discuss forensic evidence issues at the  American Bar Association’s Fifth Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics program on June 6 at Fordham University School of Law in New York.

What:  
Fifth Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

When: 
Friday, June 6

Where:
Fordham University School of Law
McNally Amphitheatre
140 W. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023

Speaking at 2:30 p.m., Scheck will discuss the duty of laboratories to correct incorrect statements of fact and opinion when other information suggests that an individual has been wrongly convicted.

MacDonnell Ulsch, managing director of cybercrime and breach response at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will delivery keynote remarks on Fourth Amendment and digital privacy rights during the conference luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

Other experts will lead programming on legal and forensic science developments concerning post-conviction litigation ethics in wrongful conviction cases, DNA profiling and cybersecurity and breach response.

Program highlights include:

“Post-conviction Litigation in Discredited Science Cases: Legal Theories for Returning to Court” — Panelists will discuss potential statutory and constitutional theories for relief from convictions resting on discredited forensic science — such as arson investigation, hair microscopy, bite marks and shaken baby syndrome — that has led to wrongful convictions of countless innocent defendants.
8:45 – 10 a.m.

“Lab Code of Ethics and Enforcement Standards & Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Post-Conviction Exonerations” — Panelists will discuss the duties of prosecutors and lab directors when confronted with information suggesting an individual has been wrongly convicted. Speakers include: Jerri Dunston, director of the Department of Justice’s Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, and Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.
2:30 – 4 p.m.

“Cybercrime and Breach Response” — Panelists at this session will discuss the forensic determination and appropriate strategies for responding to cyber attacks; including examination on: What was the breach point? Has the attack been contained? What data was potentially compromised? How comprehensive is attacker forensic evidence? Is law enforcement involvement advised or required? Was the victim company adequately prepared to defend against digital assault? What is the legal, financial, regulatory and brand risk impact mitigation strategy?.
4 – 5 p.m.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or Maria.Gutierrez@americanbar.org

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