June 15, 2015
Weil attorneys recently participated in the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ National Forensic College, which was held on June 7 in New York. The College, a multi-day series of programs for criminal-defense lawyers, showcased an impressive group of lecturers from both the legal and scientific communities.
Weil partner Irwin Warren and associate Albert Fox Cahn both spoke to the College, addressing the backlash against experts in the forensic science community who have questioned or challenged the reliability and validity of certain types of forensic testimony, such as bite-mark identification. Mr. Warren and Mr. Cahn recently teamed with attorneys at the Innocence Project and Jenner & Block to obtain the dismissal of an ethics complaint against one expert who had successfully raised such challenges in trial testimony and publications.
In total, more than 150 attorneys and forensic scientists from around the country attended, including many senior public defenders. The college, spearheaded by the Innocence Project’s Barry Scheck, is designed to provide practitioners with training in the most current complex forensic science issues, with an aim of significantly decreasing the number of people incarcerated via wrongful convictions. During the college, lawyers and forensic experts form working groups to ensure that each participant receives ongoing access to the best information, developing the knowledge base to educate colleagues at their respective offices.