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The Ethics and Causes of Wrongful Convictions

April 26@3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Ramsey County Bar Association and Innocence Project of Minnesota

Presenter: Steven Kaplan, Fredrikson & Byron

What are the known causes of wrongful convictions, why do they occur either purposely or inadvertently, and what can be done to prevent them.

This presentation seeks to afford the non-criminal defense bar insights into the problem of wrongful convictions and how, in particular, private attorneys can participate in seeking the exoneration of the actually innocent.

Explore the ethical obligations that prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers have to prevent the wrongful conviction of the actually innocent.  Examine the professional obligations that prosecutors and defense counsel have under prevailing ABA standards, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Supreme Court decisions applicable to serious criminal case prosecutions.

The presentation is designed for one hour with another half-hour question-and-answer period.

Time:  3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Registration: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: First National Bank Building Training Room, 332 Minnesota St., St. Paul
Credit: 1.5 Ethics CLE credit approved
Cost: FREE for RCBA members; $30 non-members
Teleconference Cost*: FREE for RCBA members; $50 non-members

*Instructions for accessing the teleconference will be sent prior to the CLE. If you have any questions, please email us at info@ramseybar.org or call 651-222-0846.