Strategies for Change: What Can We Learn From Successes In Eyewitness Identification Reform

Location: Maverick
Date: Fri, April 8
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

We have seen significant progress in the treatment of eyewitness identification evidence: Once viewed uncritically as inherently reliable, this evidence is now approached far more skeptically. This change in perspective is moving through trial and appellate courts, legislatures, police departments, and among litigators across the country, and it is responsible for reforms in admission criteria, jury instructions, police practices, and education. What can we learn from the successes in this area? How can we use those lessons to affect change in other areas like false confessions or unvalidated science? A panel of experienced speakers will talk about three methods that have been successful in creating eyewitness identification reform: litigation, policy, and collaboration. We will define and dissect those strategies, using examples from across the country, to inform a discussion on what methods might be most successful for your jurisdiction and the issues most prevalent there.

201: Intermediate