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From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom: The Future of Forensic Science Reform
  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday, April 6
  • Where: Knowles Conference Center, Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Place NE, Atlanta

The symposium has been approved for 5 CLE credits including 1 ethics credit

In April 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the U.S. Department of Justice would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science. This shift creates some uncertainty as to the future of forensic science reform, and the 2018 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium will examine how forensic science and the criminal justice system can forge a collective path forward at this unique moment in time.

Our goal is to bring together the legal and scientific communities to discuss the state of forensic evidence in 2018, illuminate technological advances in forensics, and address ethical issues relating to law and science.

Through this symposium, Georgia State University Law Review hopes to foster meaningful debate on these important topics and inspire collaboration that improves the outcomes and expectations for forensic science and its place in criminal cases.

Join the Law Review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, for the symposium featuring scholars, national forensic science experts, practicing attorneys and judges for a discussion on a variety of issues including: Technological Advances in Forensic Science; Ethical Conflicts; Avoiding and Correcting Wrongful Convictions; Minimizing Human Error; and Tips on how to Implement Local Forensic Science Reform.

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Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 6

  • 8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks, Justice David Nahmias, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • 9 a.m. Panel One: Innocence and Science
  • 10:15 a.m. Panel Two: To Err is Human
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch and Keynote Address “Uncovering Forensic Flaws: An Outside Perspective” by Spencer Hsu, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post
  • 12:30 p.m. Panel Three: Technological Advancements in Forensic Science
  • 1:45 p.m. Panel Four: Ethical Conflicts
  • 3 p.m. Panel Five: A Path Forward
  • 4 p.m. Closing Remarks

Panel One: Innocence and Science



  • Moderator: Russell Covey, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Valena Beety, Professor of Law and Director of the West Virginia Innocence Project, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Chris Fabricant, Director of Strategic Litigation at the Innocence Project, Cardozo School of Law
  • Mark Hale, Chief of the Conviction Review Unit in Kings County (Brooklyn, N.Y.) District Attorney’s Office
  • Mark Rotert, Director of the Conviction Integrity Unit at Cook County (Chicago) State Attorney’s Office
  • Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Innocence Project
  • Imran Syed, Professor and Assistant Director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Panel Two: To Err Is Human



  • Moderator: Mark Loudon-Brown, Staff Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Ted Hunt, Senior Forensic Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Judge Pamela King, Minnesota Third Judicial District
  • Mark Stolorow, Director, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Affairs, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Henry Swofford, Chief, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Latent Print Branch
  • Ted Vosk, Staff Attorney, Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Panel Three: Technological Advancements in Forensic Science



  • Moderator: Jessica Gabel Cino, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State Law
  • Nathan Adams, Systems Engineer, Forensic Bioinformatic Services
  • Chuck Boring, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, Cobb County
  • Vera Eidelman, Legal Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Clint Hughes, Senior Staff Attorney, DNA Unit, Legal Aid Society of New York City
  • Cedric Neumann, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University

Panel Four: Ethical Conflicts



  • Moderator: Natsu Saito, Professor of Law, Georgia State University
  • Paula Frederick, General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia
  • Benjamin Grimes, Deputy Director, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Peter Joy, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Julia Leighton, General Counsel (Retired), D.C. Public Defender Service
  • Jacqueline McMurtrie, Professor of Law and Founder, Innocence Project Northwest, University of Washington School of Law

Panel Five: A Path Forward



  • Moderator: Marissa Dodson, Public Policy Director, Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Roderick Kennedy, Chief Judge (Retired), New Mexico Court of Appeals
  • Sandra Thompson, Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Carey Miller, Executive Counsel, Office of Gov. Nathan Deal, and Co-Chair of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform
  • John Morgan, Senior Director, Center for Forensic Sciences, RTI International
  • Sarah Chu, Senior Forensic Policy Advocate, The Innocence Project
  • Simon Cole, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California-Irvine School of Social Ecology