Past Events

June 6, 2014

Wrongful Conviction Advisory Board Event
Law and Forensic Science in Indiana

CLE: 6.0 Hours

Time: 9:00am-4:15pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Fran Watson at

IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law presents Law and Forensic Science in Indiana, a project of the Faegre Baker Daniels Public Interest Fellows, on June 6, 2014.

Registration is closed. We will accept walk-ins registration and CLE credit is still available.

9:00 – 9:15     Introduction (Fran Watson)

Recognition of public interest work of Faegre Baker Daniels Fellows: Melinda Mains, Carrie RauDaniel Bowman

9:15 – 10:45     Evidence Preservation in Indiana  

  • Sonia Leerkamp , ’75, Former Prosecuting Attorney, 24th Judicial Circuit, Hamilton County Indiana
  • Melinda Mains, ‘ 12,  Indianapolis Attorney
  • Prof. Marla Sandys, Indiana University, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Carl Sobieralski, Indiana State Police Lab

Presenting the issue through consideration of practical applications of evidence preservation through cold case and appellate level analysis

10:45 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 12:00     Bunch v. State of Indiana  (Jon Laramore and TBA)

  • Jon Laramore, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Hilary Ricks, Indianapolis Attorney

Forensic evidence and factors which led to reversal of Bunch felony-murder arson conviction.

12:00 – 12:30   Lunch, Welcome from Dean Klein

12:30- 1:00     Speaker Kristine Bunch (petitioner who had conviction vacated due to faulty forensic science and analysis)  

1:00 – 2:00    Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States:  A Path Forward, by the Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community National Research Council, August 2009  

  • Herb Blitzer, Indiana Forensic Institute
  • Prof. Fran Watson, ’80, IU McKinney School of Law

Summary of the report and key recommendations for specific forensic fields

2:00 – 2:45      Indiana Rule of Evidence 702
Max Wiley, ’08, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
Polly Weitzman, ’08,  Russell & Weitzman

Indiana Rule governing expert evidence considered in comparison to federal interpretations.

2:45 - 3:00     Break

3:00 – 4:15    Indiana Rule 702 and Interplay with A Path Forward

  • Max Wiley, ’08, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Polly Weitzman, ’08,  Russell & Weitzman

Under the Indiana Rule, what governs admissibility for expert comparisons?  


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located on the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street). Please have cash available in the event that parking services does not accept credit cards.

Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance should call (317) 274-8036 no later than one week prior to the event. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs.

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