INNOCENCE AND THE ROAD TO EXONERATION (Wesleyan Innocence P)

Venue: Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 08, 2010 End Date/Time: Oct 08, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 14, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Nov 08, 2010
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CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
INNOCENCE AND THE ROAD TO EXONERATION
TEXAS WESLEYAN LAW REVIEW
AND
WESLEYAN INNOCENCE PROJECT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
OCTOBER 8, 2010

The Texas Wesleyan Law Review is pleased to host a joint symposium with the Wesleyan Innocence Project on Friday, October 8, 2010, on the topic of “Innocence and the Road to Exoneration.” In the United States there have been approximately 250 DNA exonerations of the wrongfully convicted since 1989, though the number of non-DNA exonerations that have occurred and the number of innocent people who have been convicted and have not been exonerated is estimated to be substantially higher. Exonerations have resulted in a reexamination of numerous issues, including the death penalty, forensic science, police interrogation techniques, and eyewitness testimony. The purpose of this symposium is to examine a range of historical, current, and future issues that surround wrongful convictions and exonerations.

We are now accepting proposals for papers and panel presentations on issues related to this symposium topic. Examples of the types of topics that we encourage authors and panelists to submit include but are not limited to:

• History and analysis of DNA testing
• History and analysis of state and county Conviction Integrity Units
• Role of forensic science in exonerations
• Practical problems and issues with innocence claims in DNA and Non-DNA cases
• Reliability problems with eyewitness identifications
• Impact of jail informants on wrongful convictions
• Whether all confessions should be videotaped
• How prosecutors’ open file policies affect innocence claims
• Race and wrongful convictions
• Political considerations of exonerations including recent or proposed legislation
• Continued use of the death penalty after innocent people have been executed
• Lawyers, exonerees, and society's general misconceptions
• Post-exoneration challenges
• Perspectives of exonerations from exonerees
• Compensation for exonerees

Interested authors and presenters should submit an abstract of approximately 500 words to: txwesexonerationsymposium@gmail.com by June 14, 2010. A resume or curriculum vitae must also be submitted along with the abstract. Authors and presenters will be informed by July 12, 2010, of the outcome of the initial review process. Final papers will be due on November 8, 2010. Papers accepted for publication will be published in a special symposium issue of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review.

For full panel proposals, please submit the panel topic as well as possible panelists and a resume or curriculum vitae for each panelist. If you would like to serve as the panel moderator, please indicate that on your proposal.

The Law Review expects to be able to offer limited honorariums to help offset the cost of travel and accommodations.

Questions and requests for further information can be directed to Jeanette E. Walston, Texas Wesleyan Law Review Symposium Editor, at txwesexonerationsymposium@gmail.com. Faculty advisors include Associate Dean Aric K. Short and Professor Malinda L. Seymore.

Venue

1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth
Texas
United States
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