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Archive - Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Annual Lecture - October 11, 2006

October 11, 2006
C. Clyde Ferguson Annual Lecture
4:00 p.m. - Moot Court Room
For more information, contact:
Professor Laurence Nolan at

RSVP by October 9, 2006 to Ms. Jacqueline Young

Biography of Barry Scheck

Barry Scheck is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he has served for more than 27 years, and the co-director of the Innocence Project. He is emeritus director of clinical education, co-director of the trial advocacy programs and the Jacob Burns Center for the Study of Law and Ethics. He was a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York City before joining the faculty at Cardozo.

Professor Scheck has done extensive trial and appellate litigation in significant civil rights and criminal defense cases. He has published extensively in these areas, including a book with Jim Dwyer and Peter Neufeld entitled, Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong And How To Make It Right. Since 1994, he has been a Commissioner on New York State’s Forensic Science Review Board. From1998 to 2000, he served on the National Institute of Justice’s Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence.

For the past 12 years, Scheck and Neufeld have run the Innocence Project, an independent non-profit organization affiliated with Cardozo Law School. The Project uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. It also assists police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys in trying to bring about reform in many areas of the criminal justice system, including eyewitness identification procedures, interrogation methods, crime laboratory administration, and forensic science research. To date, more than 180 individuals have been exonerated in the United States through post-conviction DNA testing since 1989. Scheck received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1971 and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1974.