The Ethics & Causes of Wrongful Conviction
About the Course
This Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course explores the ethical obligations that prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers have to prevent the wrongful conviction of the actually innocent. It examines the professional obligations that prosecutors and defense counsel have under prevailing ABA standards, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Supreme Court decisions applicable to serious criminal case prosecutions. The course also outlines the known causes of wrongful convictions, why they occur either purposely or inadvertently, and what can be done to prevent them. The course provides 1.5 CLE ethics credits.
About the Instructor
Steven Kaplan is a senior of counsel attorney at Fredrikson & Byron where he concentrates his practice on tax litigation, business and commercial litigation, and white collar criminal and regulatory agency defense. Steve is a longtime CLE writer and lecturer and board member of IPMN. He was a member of the legal team that successfully secured the release and exoneration of Damon Thibodeaux, a death row inmate who served 15 years in Louisiana’s infamous Angola prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder in 1997.
This course is provided onsite free of cost.
The Causes & Remedies for Wrongful Convictions
about the course
This course explores the causes and remedies for wrongful convictions. Beginning with a brief history of the innocence movement founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992, the presentation also gives historical context to IPMN and its beginnings and work. The course goes on to outline the predominant causes of wrongful convictions, giving real life case examples. Attendees will learn about how we can prevent wrongful convictions from occurring, and what they can do to help insure they do not happen in the future.
about the instructor
IPMN Staff, Board Members and Volunteers.
This course has a flexible format that can be adjusted to fit the needs and time constraints of your group.