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The Truth About False Confessions: The Injustice of Wrongful Convictions

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 08:00 am - 09:00 am CDT

Price: Duke and Northwestern recent alumni (10 years out): $10; General registration: $15

Location:  Ocean Cut Steak House
20 West Kinzie
Chicago, Illinois  60654
United States

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The intense battle to set the wrongfully convicted free, including an inside look at the case that gave rise to the Making a Murderer.

Co-sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Chicago Alumni Club



Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated friend and fellow Duke alum, Terri Mascherin T'81, a graduate of Duke and Northwestern Law School, Duke Chicago is privileged to present a one time only panel of attorneys who will discuss and explore the issue of wrongful convictions including the case of Brendan Dassey, whose murder conviction is the subject of the popular Netflix drama “Making a Murderer,” and Adam Gray, who was recently exonerated of a double arson murder.

It is well known, but still hard to believe, that dozens of Illinois prisoners have been exonerated after being wrongfully convicted of offenses they did not commit.

Juveniles are particularly susceptible to suggestive and coercive interrogations, and particularly likely to confess falsely. In this special joint presentation of Duke Chicago and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Chicago Alumni Club, we will explore the issue of juvenile wrongful convictions, focusing on two recent cases in which Northwestern and Duke alumni represented the defendants:

  • Steven A. Drizin, N.U. Law
  • Adam Gray
  • Terri L. Mascherin, A.B. Duke, N.U. Law
  • Laura Nirider, N.U. Law 

At this special breakfast, you will be able to hear from attorneys who have devoted themselves to rectifying this gross injustice, both in individual cases and as a matter of judicial reform. As with all of our breakfasts, we will try to limit the formal presentation to an hour or so, but the speakers will stay later to answer questions and to talk with attendees. This is also a chance to meet and get to know some of our neighbors who wear purple rather than blue.

Registration fees include the program and continental breakfast.

  • Duke and Northwestern recent alumni (10 years out): $10
  • General registration: $15

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