Attorney and DNA expert Barry Scheck will deliver the third installment in West Virginia University’s Festival of Ideas lecture series on Monday, March 1. Scheck, best-known for his work on the O.J. Simpson defense team, will present DNA Evidence: The Innocence Projectat 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom.
In 1992, after six years of landmark litigation setting standards for use of DNA evidence in courts throughout the country, Scheck and colleague Peter Neufeld co-founded The Innocence Project at Cardozo School of Law in New York. This non-profit legal clinic has represented, or assisted in the representation of 123 men, many on death row, and helped exonerate them through post-conviction DNA testing.
Scheck was also a member of the defense team for the highly-publicized murder trial of British au pair Louise Woodward. Woodward was accused of murdering eight-month old Matthew Eappen of Massachusetts in 1997.
Scheck is a frequently sought-after expert by many federal agencies, including the FBI . He serves as a commissioner of the Forensic Science Review Board for New York State, which oversees all state crime labs, including DNA labs. He has covered the Oklahoma City bombing and other high-profile trials for NBC News, where he is a legal analyst. Scheck also provides expert assistance to law enforcement officials investigating unsolved crimes.
He is the author of several publications on DNA evidence. In his latest book,Actual Innocence,Scheck exposes the frequent mishandling of evidence and coercive interrogating techniques that have plagued the legal process. The book has been described by Publishers Weekly as”an alarming wake-up call to those who administer our justice system that serious flaws must be addressed to protect the innocent.”
Scheck received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. For the past 19 years, he has been a faculty member at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, teaching legal ethics and acting as the director of the Criminal Education and Trial Practice program.
He has been honored for his work by the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 1996, Scheck received the highest honor from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers- Most Outstanding Cfriminal Defense Lawyer in America.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
Festival of Ideas is produced by WVU Arts&Entertainment. For more information, call 293-SHOW or visithttp://www.events.wvu.edu.