Tentative Speakers

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Wendy Halloran, Investigative Reporter for 12 News in Phoenix Arizona

We have a roster of excellent speakers who have committed to participating in the workshop. These speakers include five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist from Phoenix, Arizona, Wendy Halloran.

Halloran was recently awarded a 2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, broadcast’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, for her investigation into the Phoenix Fire Department arson squad. The squad was using invalid forensic science theories and techniques to investigate suspected arson fires in the Phoenix area, resulting in accusations of arson in cases where fires were not deliberately set.

Read more about Wendy Halloran’s work here.

You can watch one of Halloran’s arson investigation reports here.

Thomas L. Bohan, Ph.D., J.D. and Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a forensic scientist and attorney who has studied and written extensively on the use and misuse of forensic science in the courtroom. Dr. Bohan will speak about the Daubert case and the legal standards for the admission of forensic science in the courtroom.

Susan Goldsmith, Investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker

Susan Goldsmith is a veteran investigative reporter who has worked for The Oregonian, New Times Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Daily News. She has spent years researching shaken baby syndrome and that work is featured in the forthcoming documentary The Syndrome.” – Reset Films

You can watch a trailer for The Syndrome here.

Carrie Sperling, Associate Dean; Interim Director, Frank J. Remington Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Carrie Sperling, former and first executive director of the Arizona Justice Project, is a highly regarded expert in civil rights and post-conviction litigation. She will speak about the use of faulty forensic evidence in criminal cases.

Ray Krone, convicted with faulty bite mark evidence, exonerated by DNA evidence

Ray Krone is currently the Director of Membership and Training for the organization, Witness to Innocence. Mr. Krone spent more than 10 years in Arizona prisons – three of which were spent on death row – for a murder he did not commit. His conviction was based, in part, on faulty forensic bite mark comparison evidence. Mr. Krone is the 100th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973. DNA evidence eventually established that the murder was committed by another person, Kenneth Phillips, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 53 years to life in prison.

Additional speakers and panelists

Our list of likely speakers and panelists also includes:

Andrew Silverman, the Joseph M. Livermore Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs  at the James Rogers College of Law in Tucson, Arizona.

Larry Hammond, a highly regarded attorney from Phoenix, Arizona, who has played a pivotal role in handling a number of high profile criminal appeals, many involving faulty forensic science. In 2008, Hammond (then chair of the Arizona Justice Project) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the need for funding to support post conviction DNA testing assistance for indigent litigants appealing their criminal convictions.

Christopher Robertson, is an associate professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona. He is affiliated with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Petrie Flom Center for Health Care Policy, Bioethics and Biotechnology, both at Harvard. Robertson’s legal practice has focused on complex litigation involving medical and scientific disputes.

Jason Kreag is a visiting assistant professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law where he teaches criminal procedure and evidence.

Vanessa Buch is a visiting assistant clinical professor of law and director of the Wrongful Conviction Clinic at the James E. Rogers College of law.

Randy Papetti, a prominent Phoenix attorney, not only litigates complex commercial disputes, he has also successfully handled  three high-profile murder cases in which he believed the defendants had been falsely accused.

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