HUMAN VALUES & THE INNOCENCE PROJECT by BARRY SCHECK | Attorney, Co-Founder of The Innocence Project
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | 7PM S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom, Floor 6 University of Utah (map)
Open to the public | Seating is limited | No tickets required
The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents
the 2017 Tanner Lecture on Human Values “Human Values and The Innocence Project” by Barry Scheck, attorney and co-founder
of the Innocence Project at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8. This event is free and open to the public and will
be held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law building, Moot Courtroom, floor six (map).
Started in 1992, the Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy
organization dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent injustice.
Scheck and the organization have used DNA evidence to exonerate almost 300 wrongfully
imprisoned people, many of whom were on death row or had been incarcerated for decades.
In his lecture, Mr. Scheck will discuss that this is more than just about solving
crimes; that it is a civil rights movement. In 1992, no state allowed post-conviction
cases to be exonerated by DNA testing. The fact that DNA testing has been able to
right the wrongs of the convictions of innocent individuals makes it a moral imperative
to pursue the truth and justice for those incarcerated wrongly. Court and police reform
are key factors in the process of restoring the true meaning of the justice part of
the justice system. The criminal trial system has traditionally been an adversarial
model but needs focus on “just getting it right.”
“As America works to close the gap between its promise and reality we must look to
the example of Barry Scheck’s Innocence Project,” said Tanner Center Director Bob
Goldberg. “It is a critical force in creating the just society.”
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ABOUT BARRY SCHECK
Barry Scheck is an attorney, DNA expert, and co-founder of the Innocence Project. He is known for landmark litigation that set the standards for using DNA evidence
in courts. He has spearheaded a nationwide movement to re-examine the fairness and
efficacy of our criminal justice system. A Commissioner for the New York State Forensic
Science Review Board and Professor at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University,
Scheck is considered one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.
ABOUT THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo
School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the
criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Its mission is to free the staggering
number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system
responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
To date, the Innocence Project has helped exonerate more than 190 wrongly convicted prisoners who unjustly served a combined 4,662 years
Received over 51,000 letters requesting assistance.
Trained over 2,700 judges, attorneys, forensic practitioners, scientists, and academics
from around the country on eyewitness I.D. and forensics testimony in court.
The Innocence Project’s website had nearly 2 million visitors in 2015.
ABOUT THE TANNER LECTURES ON HUMAN VALUES | Est. 1978 The Tanner Lectures on Human Values initiates educational and scientific discussions
relating to human values. Distinct Tanner Lectures are delivered annually at Oxford
University, Cambridge University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford
University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Michigan, University
of Utah, Yale University, and other educational facilities around the world. Since
2006, we have hosted Isabel Allende, Spike Lee, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Margaret Atwood,
and Siddhartha Mukherjee, among others.