Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest Symposium


Fall 2015 Symposium

Please join the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest for our 2015 symposium on the science, the human experience, and the law of wrongful convictions. Bradford Jenkins of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science will open the day with an introduction to the science behind exonerations. Following lunch, there will be a panel on the human experience behind wrongful convictions and exonerations featuring Michael Herring, Doug Ramseur, and Shawn Armbrust moderated by Mary Tate. The day will conclude with remarks by Brandon Garrett on wrongful conviction reforms in Virginia, including a discussion of case law and statutes. A reception will follow.

Topic: Wrongful Convictions: Science, Experience, and the Law
Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Richmond School of Law Merhige Moot Courtroom
Registration: To register for this event click here!

3.5 MCLE Credit Hours


10:30-11:00 - Registration/Check-In
11:00-12:00 - Introduction to the science behind exonerations by Bradford Jenkins of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science
12:00-12:45 - Lunch
12:45-2:15 - Panel on the "Human Experience" of wrongful convictions from varying perspectives (Mike Herring - Commonwealth's Attorney, Doug Ramseur - Defense Counsel, Shawn Armbrust, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project)
2:15-2:30 - Break
2:30-3:30 -Legal wrap up of where we are in Virginia on reforms, discussion of case law and relevant statutes by Brandon Garrett, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia
3:30-4:30- Reception

Documents for MCLE Credit:

Virginia Rules of the Supreme Court 3A:11 (current criminal discovery rule)

VA Court of Appeals materials on the writ

Example of the writ being granted

2008 analysis by the Crime Commission

Proposal (unsuccessful) to amend the writ

Haynesworth v. Commonwealth, 717 S.E. 2d 817, 59 Va.App. 197 (Dec. 6, 2011)

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