2017 Beitler Lecture Crisis in Criminal Justice Mass Incarceration and the Impact of DNA Science on the Phenomenon of Wrongful Convictions

The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce that Penn Law’s David Rudovsky, one of the nation's leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys will deliver the 2017 Beitler Distinguished Lecture, “Crisis in Criminal Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Impact of DNA Science on the Phenomenon of Wrongful Convictions” on May 16th at 5:30pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

In his lecture, Rudovsky will address two contentious issues in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. First, mass incarceration: the causes and implications of the unprecedented increase in the use of criminal sanctions, including racially disparate treatment. Second, the impact of DNA post-conviction testing beyond the exoneration of thousands of innocent, but convicted persons: what we have learned about wrongful convictions and measures that can be instituted to remedy systemic flaws in our criminal justice system.

Rudovsky practices public interest law with the firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg. He became a Senior Fellow at Penn Law in 1988 and teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He is co-author (with Michael Avery and Karen Blum) of Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (West, 2012, 3rd ed.) and The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure in Pennsylvania (6th ed. 2011, PBI Press). His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice, the ACLU Civil Liberties Award, and, most recently, his fifth Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 2002, Dr. Lorraine Beitler donated a collection of over 1,000 items documenting the history of the Alfred Dreyfus affair and its impact on the art, society, and politics of France and the modern world to the Penn Libraries. The collection provides a context for international learning and debate through a program of touring exhibitions, publications, and conferences. After donating the collection, Dr. Beitler and her husband, Martin, established the Lorraine Beitler Lecture Fund to serve as a catalyst for the examination of the issues of prejudice and intolerance.

This lecture is free and open to the public. To register, please visit: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/beitler17.html

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