Join us for the Texas stop of a national tour to address the issue of prosecutorial oversight in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Connick v. Thompson, which granted prosecutors almost complete immunity for their intentional misconduct. Panelists from all aspects of the criminal justice system will discuss systemic and legal approaches for reducing prosecutorial error and misconduct.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
1:30 to 3:30 PM
University of Texas School of Law - Austin, Texas
Jennifer Laurin — Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law, who will moderate the panel;
Betty Blackwell — Attorney, former chair of the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline;
Jim Leitner — First Assistant District Attorney, Harris County;
Michael Morton — Freed after 25 years in prison in Texas following DNA exoneration and revelation of concealed exculpatory evidence;
Hon. Bob Perkins (Ret.) — Former judge, 331st District Court, Travis County;
Professor Robert Schuwerk — Professor, University of Houston Law Center, author of leading treatise on Texas rules of professional conduct;
John Thompson — Founder and Director of Resurrection After Exoneration and Voices of Innocence and plaintiff in Thompson v. Connick, imprisoned in Louisiana for 18 years (14 on death row), freed after revelation of concealed exculpatory evidence; and
Emily West, Research Director, the Innocence Project.
The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged.
More info at the Prosecutorial Oversight website.