Elephants in the Courtroom:
Examining Overlooked Issues in Wrongful Convictions

Conference Agenda

Day 1, October 15, 2015

1:00 – 1:15: Introductions and Overview

1:15 – 2:45: RACE AND MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE
Moderator: Frank Baumgartner, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • Moving Beyond ‘Good Defendants’ and ‘Bad Apples:’ Toward a More Structural Understanding of Wrongful Convictions -- William Lofquist, Ph.D. (Geneseo College, State University of New York)
  • The Pernicious Influence of Implicit Racial Bias on Discretionary Decision-Making -- L. Song Richardson, J.D. (University of California, Irvine School of Law)
  • The Dawn of a New Era? Challenges and Opportunities for Addressing Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions -- Devon Johnson, Ph.D. (George Mason University)

2:45 – 3:00: Break

3:00 – 4:30: GUILTY PLEAS
Moderator: Daniel Medwed, J.D. (Northeastern University School of Law)

  • A Nearly Perfect System for Convicting the Innocent -- Albert Alschuler, J.D. (Northwestern University School of Law)
  • The Information Deficit in Innocence in Plea Bargaining -- Stephanos Bibas, J.D. (University of Pennsylvania School of Law)
  • Empirical Evidence on How Guilty Pleas Might Lead to Problematic Convictions -- Shawn Bushway, Ph.D. (University at Albany, State University of New York)

4:30 – 5:00: Wrap up Day 1

6:00 – 9:00: Group Dinner, The Liberty Tavern, 3195 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201

Day 2, October 16, 2015

8:00 – 8:30: Day 2 Overview/Light Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00: MISDEMEANORS
Moderator: Keith Findley, J.D. (University of Wisconsin School of Law)

  • Defining ‘Wrongful Conviction’ for Misdemeanors -- Jenny Roberts, J.D. (Washington College School of Law, American University)
  • What’s Wrong With Mass Misdemeanors? Some Lessons From the New York City Experiment -- Issa Kohler-Hausman, J.D. (Yale University School of Law)
  • Creating the Innocent Black Criminal -- Alexandra Natapoff, J.D. (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles)

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 12:00: DATA/METHODOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS
Moderator: Richard Leo, J.D., Ph.D. (University of San Francisco Law School)

  • Studying False Convictions: Is there Science in this Art? -- Sam Gross, J.D (University of Michigan School of Law)
  • Scientism in the Study of Wrongful Convictions -- Simon Cole, Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)
  • Learning from wrongful convictions: Partnering with practitioners to develop, assess, and implement evidence-based practices that protect the innocent -- Christian Meissner, Ph.D. (Iowa State University)

12:00 – 1:00: Capstone Session and Lunch