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2012 Second Annual Wrongful Convictions Distinguished Speakers Series

Fall 2012 Gage Gallery Show: Richard Ross' Juvenile (in)Justice

Review in Chicago Tribune:

September 19, 2012 

 /John Conroy 


My Kind of Town: Torture, Wrongful Conviction, and Public Indifference


John Conroy is the author of two books, Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life and Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture, and the play My Kind of Town, which premiered at Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre in May 2012. The play is set against the backdrop of the Chicago police torture scandal, which he was instrumental in exposing. His writing has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Granta, the Village Voice, The Nation, and the Chicago Reader. For his writing, he has received several awards. He now works for the DePaul University College of Law as Senior Lecturer and Director of Investigations for the university’s legal clinic.

October 3, 2012


/Joey L. Mogul, J.D.


Recent Developments in Reversing Wrongful Convictions in Chicago


Joey L. Mogul is a partner at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, Illinois and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at DePaul University College of Law.  Mogul’s practice focuses on representing individuals who have suffered from police and other governmental misconduct in civil rights cases, and defending individuals in criminal and capital cases.  Mogul has worked to seek justice for Chicago Police torture survivors for the last fourteen years, which included presenting the cases to UN Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006.  Mogul’s practice has also included representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in criminal and civil proceedings involving police and prisoner torture, abuse and misconduct. Mogul has written about these topics in several law reviews, and recently received high praise for her book, "Queer (In) Justice." Mogul has spoken widely before both legal and popular audiences on the state’s use of homophobic, sexist and racist arguments in criminal cases and has devised legal training to counter such efforts. Mogul has also worked as an activist with Queer to the Left in Chicago, Illinois, the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights and with others to challenge the death penalty, torture by law enforcement officials, gentrification and supermax conditions. Mogul is an Oberlin College graduate and earned a juris doctorate from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.


YouTube Videos

Joey Mogul @ Loundy Human Rights Project, Oct. 3rd, 2012- 7 parts total

October 24, 2012



/Joshua A. Tepfer, J.D. and Terrill Swift



Convenient Scapegoats: The Englewood Four and Juvenile Confessions


Joshua Tepfer has been with the Bluhm Legal Clinic with the Northwestern University School of Law since August 2008. He is currently serves as the Director and as a Staff Attorney for the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth. During his time there, Joshua has been instrumental in his helping to secure the freedom of wrongfully convicted individuals, including members of the Dixmoor Five and the Englewood Four. Prior to his Northwestern appointment, he was an appellate public defender in Chicago for four years. He has litigated five cases in front of the Illinois Supreme Court, including the case of In re Samantha V., a minor (2009), where he won a unanimous decision. He has represented over 75 criminal and juvenile defendants in direct and collateral appeals in the Illinois appellate court. He was a clinical student at both Northwestern and University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2004.

After serving over 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Terrill Swift recently walked out of prison in 2012. Swift was one of five teenagers who were charged with the raping and strangling Nina Glover, a 30-year-old woman known to engage in prostitution and drug use. During an investigation led and orchestrated by Detective James Cassidy, all five teenagers confessed in March 1995. Cassidy is known to have taken multiple proven false confessions, including the two from the Englewood children originally charged in the infamous Ryan Harris murder. In Swift’s case, pre-trial DNA testing excluded all five teenagers as the source of the semen recovered from the victim, yet four of the five were still convicted. In May 2011, the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth learned that the semen recovered from Nina Glover hit to Johnny Douglas, not Swift and his co-defendants. In January 2012, the Cook County State Attorneys Office dismissed the charges against Swift.


November 1, 2012



/Geoffrey R. Loftus, Ph.D.


Why Should Juries Be Told About Human Perception and Memory?


Dr. Loftus is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and is well-regarded as a leading expert in human memory and perception. As such, Dr. Loftus has been permitted to testify as an expert witness on perception, memory, statistics, and video-game behavior in approximately 320 civil and criminal cases. Dr. Loftus routinely lectures all around the world on his research, and is known both nationally and internationally for his work. He is also the recipient of several grants and has received grants from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the author of seven books and approximately 100 scientific articles, and has published in prestigious journals including, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review and Law & Human Behavior. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, his B.A. from Brown University, and completed a post-doc at New York University.

YouTube Videos

Geoffrey R. Loftus @ Loundy Human Rights Project, Nov. 1st, 2012- 9 parts total


November 14, 2012



/Richard A. Leo, Ph.D./J.D.



False Confessions: Causes, Consequences, Solutions


Richard A. Leo, PhD, JD, joined the law faculty of the University of San Francisco in 2006, after a decade as a tenured professor of psychology and criminology at UC Irvine and prior to that as a professor of sociology and adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder for three years. Dr. Leo is nationally and internationally known for his pioneering empirical research on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and wrongful convictions. Dr. Leo has authored more than 80 articles in leading scientific and legal journals as well as several books. According to the University of Chicago Leiter rankings, Dr. Leo is one of the most cited criminal law and procedure professors in the United States. He is regularly invited to lecture and present training sessions to lawyers, judges, police, forensic psychologists, and other criminal justice professionals. Dr. Leo is also often called to advise and assist practicing attorneys and has served as a litigation consultant and/or expert witness in hundreds of criminal and civil cases. Dr. Leo has worked on many high profile cases involving false confessions, including the cases of Michael Crowe, Earl Washington, Kerry Max Cook, Medell Banks, Angela Swartout, the Beatrice Six, and two of the Central Park jogger defendants. The work Dr. Leo did to help free four innocent prisoners in Virginia (known as the “Norfolk 4”) was the subject of a story in The New Yorker magazine in 2009 and a PBS Frontline documentary in 2010. Dr. Leo received his AB at UC Berkeley, his MA at the University of Chicago, and his PhD and JD at UC Berkeley.

December 5, 2012

Foreign Intelligence: Comparative Perspectives on Miscarriages of Justice

The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project is proud to present its fall capstone event: Foreign Intelligence: Students' Research on Wrongful Convictions in the US and UK. Our cohort of undergraduates will present the results of their semester-long research projects on causes and remedies of miscarriages of justice. The event will take place Wednesday, December 5, from 4:00-5:30 pm, in Roosevelt University's Murray-Green Library (10th Floor, Auditorium Building, 430 S Michigan Ave). We are honored to be joined by Roosevelt Psychology professor Shari Berkowitz and members of Northwestern University Law School's Justice Council as discussants.

Professor Berkowitz, who received her PhD in 2009 from UC Irvine, studies how people misremember details of events, and in some cases, develop false beliefs and memories of entire events that never actually happened to them. She is especially interested in the application of this work to the legal system. Her other research interests include eyewitness testimony, memory for trauma, false accusations, and wrongful convictions.

Phil Payne is a 2009 Northwestern Law graduate who worked in the Center on Wrongful Convictions for two of his three law school years. He has worked at the Office of the State Appellate Defender here in Chicago for the past two years, where he represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal from all manner of convictions. He remains involved with the CWC and its cause through the Justice Council.

Katie Pelech is licensed to practice law in Illinois and currently serves as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary L. Mikva. She is the President of the CWC's Justice Council, and a member of the Young Professional Board of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In a previous life, she worked as a journalist. 

YouTube Videos

Student Presentations @ Loundy Human Rights Project, Dec. 5th, 2012- 7 parts total

The series is sponsored by the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project, one of the centers and institutes of the Roosevelt University College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Psychology at Roosevelt University, and the Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Conditions at Northwestern University Law School. The project’s 2012-13 focus is on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions.


All events are from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Roosevelt University Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue, and are open to the public.