2013 Criminal Justice in the Age of DNA

Held: Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, 110 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012

The symposium will address the legal and practical issues involved in the use of DNA typing in the criminal justice system, focusing on issues that arise in three main areas: regulation at the laboratory stage, usage of DNA in criminal investigations, and DNA use as evidence at trial. The symposium will feature the following:

Keynote Address:
Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals

Panel 1: Reforms for the Admission of DNA Evidence at Trial
Moderator: Erin E. Murphy, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Rockne P. Harmon, Forensic/Cold Case Consultant at DNARock
Jennifer L. Mnookin, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Jed S. Rakoff, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York
Andrea L. Roth, Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Debate: The Constitutionality, Effectiveness and Implications of Familial Searches
Moderator: Stephen J. Schulhofer, Robert B. McKay Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Pro Position: Mitchell R. Morrissey, District Attorney of Denver
Con Position: Stephen B. Mercer, Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Panel 2: Regulation and Oversight of DNA Laboratories
Moderator: Peter J. Neufeld, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Innocence Project
Ellen N. Biben, Executive Director, New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Paul C. Giannelli, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor, Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Mimi C. Mairs, Special Counsel, New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Mark D. Stolorow, Director, Law Enforcement Standards Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology