I wanted to spread the word about an upcoming conference in New York on March 14 and 15 — a comprehensive, first-of-kind two-day conference on litigating an eyewitness ID case from beginning to end. Registration is open now. More info here, and below. Hope to see some of you there.
A New Legal Architecture: Litigating Eyewitness Identification Cases in the 21st Century
A master seminar on litigating eyewitness identification cases from arrest to appeal in light of the latest developments in science, law, and trial technique
March 14-15, 2008
New York City
On March 14 & 15, 2008, the Eyewitness Identification Reform Litigation Network (the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Innocence Project), along with co-sponsors John Jay Center on Modern Forensic Practice, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and NYU Law, is conducting a two-day comprehensive eye-ID litigation seminar at NYU Law.
The seminar will be a “soup-to-nuts” training on how best to litigate eyewitness identification cases, beginning from the moment an attorney first sends an investigator into the field all the way through jury instructions. The seminar’s faculty, led by some of the most well-respected trial attorneys and eyewitness experts in the country (including Jim Doyle, Barry Scheck, Cathy Ditraglia, Tim O’Toole, Jennifer Friedman, Gary Wells, Russ Stetler, Cynthia Jones, Jim Cooney, David Rudolf, etc., and with Jennifer Thompson as the opening speaker), will introduce new scientifically-informed litigation techniques to all stages of eyewitness identification cases, including theories and themes, interviewing witnesses, discovery and motion practice, using experts at hearings and trial, voir dire, cross-examination of eyewitnesses, police officers, and prosecution experts, jury instructions, and more. The training will also cover the vast body of scientific research on eyewitness identification that should inform each step of the litigation.
Beyond providing comprehensive hands-on litigation instruction, the training will afford attendees the opportunity to forge relationships with the Eyewitness Identification Reform Litigation Network, which now has over 70 “point people” in 40 states. The Network is interested in working with the nation’s best criminal defense attorneys on pinpointing eyewitness identification cases with potential for creating favorable appellate decisions that incorporate the psychological research on identification issues and/or mandate procedural reform. As part of this endeavor, the second day of the training will include “break-out” sessions in which attorneys will workshop pre-selected cases which could become test cases for the Network’s reform litigation agenda. The training will be recorded and available via CD-ROM for CLE credit, and will be accompanied by a set of “master materials” corresponding to the topics covered.
A set of rooms have been blocked off at the Marriott New York Financial Center (Marriott New York Financial Center, 85 West St., Call: (212) 385-4900; Group rate $229; (expires Feb. 21, 2008). NACDL is handling conference registration, and all are encouraged to reserve your spot now if you have not already. The cost has been set at $375 for private attorneys and $325 for PDs, or $275 per person for PD groups of 6 or more. If you have specific questions about registration, please contact Gerald Lippert, NACDL Managing Director of Institutional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 872-8600, ext. 236.
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