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March 2017
Friday
3
March
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Monday
6
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Elisabeth Rosenthal, Columnist, The New York Times
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
9
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Michael H. Posner, Jerome Kohlberg Professor Ethics and Finance, Professor Business and Society, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
22
March
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: Juliet P. Kostritsky, Everett D. & Eugenia S. McCurdy Professor of Contract Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
April 2017
Friday
7
April
2017
Glidden House
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Impact of DNA Profiling in Criminal Prosecutions
Sponsor
The Barrister’s Lecture
CWRU Homecoming & Reunion Weekend
OCT 18, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
1.5 hours of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

The first use of DNA in a criminal case occurred during the 1986 investigation of two rape-murders in the United Kingdom. Only two years later, a New York judge called DNA evidence the “single greatest advance in the search for truth ... since the advent of cross-examination.” Less than a decade after being first introduced, a National Academy of Sciences report stated that “DNA analysis is one of the greatest technical achievements for criminal investigation since the discovery of fingerprints.”

DNA profiling is not only used as evidence at trial, it is a powerful investigative tool. DNA databases permit the police to identify criminals in “cold” cases, in which there are no suspects. For example, the national DNA database linked Fletcher Worrell to 25 rapes, which were committed over a span of 30 years in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland (where he was known as the “Silver Springs Rapist”). More recently, DNA helped identify the “Grim Sleeper,” a serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles for nearly 25 years. Law enforcement accomplished this by means of a relatively new procedure, known as familial DNA searching. Last term, the Supreme Court, in Maryland v. King, upheld the constitutionality of placing DNA profiles of arrestees in these databases.

This lecture will be of interest to all Ohio attorneys who are criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges who preside over criminal proceedings, and those attorneys who represent the convicted in death penalty appeals.
Speaker Information
Paul C. Giannelli
Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor
Distinguished University Professor
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Additional Information
Free and open to the public, register at the door.


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