Seminar to explore ‘bad science’ in court

Kate ReaganFeature

The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) and the LMU Law Review will host a symposium entitled, “Modern Forensic Science, Expert Testimony, and Exonerations as Applied to Fire Investigation,” on Friday, Feb. 28, in downtown Knoxville.

The symposium will help law enforcement, lawyers and judges make more informed decisions as to the admissibility of forensic science, identify attorney and judges’ ethical roles in keeping junk science out of the courtroom and explore the challenges in attempting to exonerate those wrongfully convicted based on bad forensic science. Panelists include:

  • Kristine Bunch, who was exonerated after spending 17 years in jail for setting a fire that killed her young son. Learn more about her here.
  • Dr. David Icove, engineering professor at the University of Tennessee
  • Druanne White, trial lawyer
  • Elizabeth Bur, certified fire investigator
  • John Lentini, Donna Ingram and Thomas May, forensic investigators
  • Jessica Van Dyke, executive director, and Stephen Ross Johnson, president, of the Tennessee Innocence Project
  • Jan Rader, West Virginia’s first female fire chief, will moderate the panel.

Read here for details on the seminar and more information on the panelists; pre-register with April Hurley at 865-545-5339 or email [email protected].

Kate M. Reagan is senior director of marketing and public relations at Lincoln Memorial University.

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