March 28th Symposium

Please join the University of Baltimore Law Review and our group of distinguished panelists for our upcoming symposium:


Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: The University of Baltimore School of Law, Moot Court Room
Moderator: Thiru Vignarajah, Chief – Major Investigations Unit, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office

Emerging technologies and investigative techniques have spawned a new wave of opportunities for law enforcement as well as constitutional challenges for defense attorneys and prosecutors. Our symposium, “Privacy Rights and Proactive Investigations: Emerging Constitutional Issues in Law Enforcement,” examines growing tensions between constitutional safeguards and effective law enforcement in Maryland and across the nation. The symposium seeks to assemble leading scholars and practitioners to explore, through scholarship and debate, three issues that have once more thrust Maryland to the frontier of law enforcement: the validity of DNA databases, new approaches and the latest thinking on witness identifications, and the use of tracking devices after United States v. Jones.

PANEL 1: Location Tracking after United States v. Jones                           10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

NANCY FORSTER, Former Public Defender for the State of Maryland
JASON MEDINGER, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland                                  ANN O’CONNELL, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice                                NANCY OLIVER, Division Counsel, Department of Justice – ATF

PANEL 2: Innovations in Suspect Identification                                        11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ANTHONY BATTS, Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department
FREDERICK BEALEFELD, Former Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department
GREGG BERNSTEIN, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City
REBECCA BROWN, Director of State Policy Reform for the Innocence Project
MICHELE NETHERCOTT, Director, University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic

PANEL 3: DNA Database Laws and King v. Maryland                                       1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

JESSICA GABEL, Associate Professor, Georgia State University School of Law
STEPHEN B. MERCER, Chief Attorney, Forensics Division, MD Office of the Public Defender
RANA SANTOS, DNA Technicial Leader for the Baltimore Police Department
SCOTT SHELLENBERGER, State’s Attorney for Baltimore County
KATHERINE WINFREE, Chief Deputy Attorney General for Maryland

Co-hosted by: Criminal Law Association

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