9-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks :
R. Michael Cassidy, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Faculty Director, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy
9:15-10:45 a.m. Panel One: Best Practices to Identify and Rectify Wrongful Convictions
Moderator: Sharon Beckman, Associate Clinical Professor; Director, Innocence Program, BC Law School
Ira Gant, Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services Innocence Program
Cynthia Garza, Assistant District Attorney, Conviction Integrity Unit, Dallas District Attorney’s Office
Chief Justice Mark D. Martin, North Carolina Supreme Court
David Meier, Board Member, New England Innocence Project; Todd & Weld
10:45-11:15 a.m. Keynote Address
Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Panel Two: Reducing Recidivism
Moderator: Will Brownsberger, State Senator
Jose Bou, Instructor, Holyoke Community College
Adam Foss, Criminal Justice Reform advocate; former Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County
Leslie Walker, Executive Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services
1:45-3:15 p.m. Panel Three: Prospects for Sentencing Reform
Moderator: Scott Harshbarger, Casner & Edwards; former Attorney General, Massachusetts
Dan Conley, District Attorney, Suffolk County
Hon. Mary Beth Heffernan, Superior Court; Member, Sentencing Commission
Carol Starkey, Conn Kavanaugh; President, Boston Bar Association; former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Bureau
3:15-3:30 p.m. ConcludingRemarks:
Andrea Cabral, former Secretary, Executive Office of Public Safety; former Sheriff, Suffolk County
Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
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