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Eyewitness Identification: Science and Practice

William H. Gates Hall

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

CLE intended for criminal law audience, including Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Defense Bar, the Judiciary, and the public. The presentation will cover the science of eyewitness memory and the implementation of reformed procedures by law enforcement. A roundtable discussion with Washington State stakeholders will conclude the event.

Speakers: Dr. Stephen Ross, University of Washington - Tacoma; Chief William G. Brooks III, Chief of Police (Norwood, MA); David Angel, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office (Santa Clara, CA); Rebecca Brown, Innocence Project (New York, NY); and Lara Zarowsky, Innocence Project Northwest / UW Law

Continental Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00)
Outside Room 138

Welcome and Program Outline (9:00 – 9:05)

Part I (9:05 – 9:35): The Innocence Perspective

The role of eyewitness misidentification in wrongful convictions and methods used to implement eyewitness identification reform nationwide

Presented by:
Rebecca Brown, Director of State Policy Reform, Innocence Project (New York, NY)
Lara Zarowsky, Policy Director, Innocence Project Northwest (Seattle, WA)

Part II (9:35 – 10:20): The Science Perspective

The science of eyewitness memory and the science behind reforms commonly implemented to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications

Presented by:
Dr. Stephen Ross, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Washington – Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)

Break (10:20 – 10:35)

Part III (10:35 – 11:15): The Law Enforcement Perspective

Implementing improved eyewitness identification procedures in a small law enforcement jurisdiction

Presented by:
William G. Brooks III, Chief of Police, Norwood Police Department (Norwood, MA)

Part IV (11:15 – 11:45): The Prosecutor Perspective

How prosecutors can promote improved eyewitness identification procedures

Presented by:
David Angel, Special Assistant District Attorney - Conviction Integrity Unity, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office (Santa Clara, CA)

Part V (11:45 – 12:30): Washington State Roundtable Discussion

Improving Eyewitness Identifications: The Path Forward for Washington State

Lara Zarowsky, IPNW, UW Law
Stephen J. Ross, UW-Tacoma
Detective Nathan Janes, Seattle PD
Mark Larson, King County Prosecutor’s Office
Travis Stearns, Washington Defender Association

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