Advancing Justice Conference

November 16, 2007, 8:30am – 5:00pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Sponsored by: The University of Louisville School of Law, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, and Eastern Kentucky University
Registration Cost: Free

Advancing Justice in Kentucky Conference is intended to bring together individuals invested in the integrity and reliability of the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth.

National Experts on Eye Witness Identification, Preservation of Evidence, and Innocence Commissions will share their experiences with us at this event.


Please register by Friday, November 9, 2007.

To register or to find out more information about the conference, please contact Gordon Rahn, 502-564-3948, or


8:30 a.m. Registration Video Facts on Screen

9 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Opening Session

Introduction of Evidence Preservation

9:45 a.m. Evidence Preservation
10:30 a.m. Model Preservation System
11:15 a.m. Innocence Commissions: Wisconsin Model
11:45 a.m.

Lunch: An Exoneree's Story and Legislative initiatives

1:15 p.m. Eyewitness Identification
2 p.m. Discussion and Roundtables
3:15 p.m. Round Table Results/Action Plan
4 p.m. Conclusion: Promise of Final Report;Closing Video Clip


Speaker Bios

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino: Thompson- Cannino is a rape victim who identified the wrong man in two different trials. She speaks emotionally and frankly about her experiences as a victim in the criminal justice system.

Rebecca Brown: Policy analyst for the Innocence Project, Brown is involved in reform movement on different issues on a nationwide basis.

Amanda Melpolder: Melpolder is a policy analyst for the Innocence Project.

Christine Mumma: Director for both the North Carolina Center for Actual Innocence and the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, Mumma worked closely with the Charlotte police department to develop evidence preservation policy and procedure.

Kevin Whitman: With the Charlotte/ Mecklenburg Police Department, Whittman helped develop a systemic change in preservation of evidence.

Keith Findley: Wisconsin Innocence Project co-director, Findley has been involved in the development of a Justice Commission in the State of Wisconsin to study state and national issues and reform.

Gary Wells: A professor of psychology at Iowa State University, Wells is regarded as one of the top experts in eyewitness identification and has helped develop models used by different states and law enforcement agencies to minimize eyewitness identification error.

Herman May: May's conviction for rape was vacated and set aside following post-conviction DNA testing and after having served 13 years of a 40-year sentence. He is now married, has two children and has a full-time job.

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