Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oct 25/Seattle, WA - Justice for Washington’s Wrongly Convicted?

Keynote speaker Jack Hamann is the award-winning author of On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII, a nonfiction and investigative account of the unjust court-martial convictions of 43 African-American soldiers who served at Fort Lawton in Seattle, Washington during World War II. The book was directly responsible for an October 26, 2007 decision by the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records to overturn the verdicts.
Legislation signed by President George W. Bush on October 14, 2008 ensured that the surviving defendants, or their estates, receive compensation in the form of back pay, plus compound interest. However no form of compensation has been provided to about half of the people exonerated nationwide who were incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.
The symposium will present an overview of the 27 state statutes providing for some form of compensation to the wrongly convicted and discuss the need for such legislation in Washington State. A panel of individuals from Washington State will talk about the nightmare of being imprisoned for crimes of which they were actually innocent and the challenges they have faced since their exoneration.

There is no registration fee for this program. Pre-registration is required:

Please register by October 25, 2010.
October 29, 2010 - 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle
2.75 General CLE Credits Approved

Program Agenda
1:30 - 1:40 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
Professor Maureen Howard, Director, Trial of Trial Advocacy,
University of Washington School of Law
1:40 - 2:40 p.m. Keynote: Jack Hamann, Author, On American Soil
2:40 - 2:55 p.m. Break
2:55 - 3:30 p.m. National Overview of Wrongful Conviction Compensation
Lara Zarowsky, Policy Staff Attorney, Innocence Project NW Clinic,
University of Washington School of Law
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
Washington State exonerates James Anderson, Ted Bradford,
Larry Davis and Alan Northrop
Moderated by: Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie, Director,
Innocence Project NW Clinic, University of Washington School of Law

If you have questions about the program, please contact Ann Spangler at 206-616-3753 or

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