June 6, 2014
Wrongful Conviction Advisory Board Event
Law and Forensic Science in Indiana
CLE: 6.0 Hours
Location: Wynne Courtroom and Atrium,Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Fran Watson at email@example.com
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.
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.