Forensic Science Symposium 2008
National experts Dr. Saul Kassin (second from left) and James Doyle (third from left) participated in the Criminal Practice's two-day forensic science symposium. Marty Tankleff (left) who had just been released from prison, was a surprise guest. With them are Seymour James, Jr., Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice; Lorca Morello, an attorney in the Criminal Appeals Bureau; and Dennis R. Murphy, Director of Training in the Criminal Practice.

National Experts Participate in Legal Aid Symposium

Approximately 200 Legal Aid criminal trial and appellate lawyers participated in an exciting two-day Forensic Science Symposium, sponsored by The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Practice on January 10 and 11, 2008, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. National experts discussed eyewitness identification, false confessions, DNA, sex offenses, arson and ballistics. Among the faculty were Dr. Saul Kassin, Professor of Psychology at John Jay College and Williams College and one of the leading false confession experts in the country; James Doyle, Director of the Center for Modern Forensic Practice at John Jay who discussed eye witness identification; John Lentini, nationally known expert in fire and arson; Joan Griffin, a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in Boston, a ballistics expert; and Edward Ungvarsky, chief of the trial division at the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service and a DNA expert. Also participating were Dr. Julia DeBellus and James Gilson, who have lectured extensively on child abuses and abuses in the courtroom.

The Symposium was organized by Lorca Morello and Richard Joselson of the Criminal Appeals Bureau and Dennis R. Murphy, Director of Training in the Criminal Practice.