Thompson to explore exoneration cases

UHLC criminal justice prof lends expertise to Law and the Media Seminar.

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Jan. 15, 2013 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson will serve as a panelist Feb. 2 in the 27th Law and the Media Seminar as it examines "Crimes Against Humanity: Science, Smugglers and Survivors."
Thompson is a chaired professor and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the UH Law Center. She also is a director of the Houston Forensic Science Local Govern­ment Corp., a group charged with creating and overseeing an independent forensic lab and transferring such duties from the Houston Police Department crime lab.

The professor will serve on a panel exploring "The Evolution of Forensic Science and Exoneration Cases." Other panelists include William M. Davis, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences; Brandi Grisson, reporter, Texas Tribune; John Raley, of Raley & Bowick; and Phil Archer, KPRC-NBC 2, who will serve as moderator.

The topic of the morning's second panel is "Confronting the Human Trafficking Epidemic," and will include Naomi Jiyoung Bang, of FosterQuan, LLP; Tim Johnson, former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Texas; Lise Olsen, reporter, Houston Chronicle; a human trafficking survivor/forced labor victim; and John F. Sullivan III, of Watt Beckworth, who will serve as moderator.


The program is co-sponsored by the Houston Bar Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Houston Press Club.  It will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at South Texas College of Law.  Journalists, communication professionals, law students and journalism students may attend at no charge. The cost for attor­neys is $50 with advance reservations and includes 3.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour ethics credit. Door registra­tion for attorneys is $55, space permitting. Continental break­fast is included.

Click here for more information and to register.

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