2017 AP-LS Annual Conference
The Westin Seattle Hotel
View the exciting Plenary Sessions below!
Thursday, March 16th – Charles H. Ramsey, Police Commissioner, 21st Century Policing: Challenges and Opportunities
Charles H. Ramsey is a former Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (D.C.), Commissioner for Philadelphia Police Department, and co-chair of President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. Commissioner Ramsey will address various challenges and opportunities associated with community policing today, including police use of deadly force and mass incarceration. He will explore ways in which social science and legal professionals can better collaborate with law enforcement to develop more trusting relationships and effective interventions.
Friday, March 17th – Adam Foss, J.D., Co-founder and President of Prosecutor Impact
Adam Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in reforming the justice system. Adam’s work aims to develop legal professionals, particularly district attorneys, to approach their work in a culturally-competent and evidenced-based manner that is informed by the latest developments in social, behavioral, and neurological science. His vision strives to unite legal and psychological professionals in innovative ways, and can be previewed in his February 2016 Ted Talk entitled, A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System. Follow Adam Foss on social media at @adamjohnfoss.
Saturday, March 18th – Making a Murderer: The Case of Brendan Dassey
In relation to the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer, persons integral to the defense and ultimate release of Steven Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, will discuss why Dassey was a vulnerable suspect; the interrogation tactics that were used to elicit and contaminate his confession; and the implications more generally for juvenile justice, police interrogations, and other matters of policy and practice. This presentation will be led by Steven Drizin, J.D., Dassey’s Defense Attorney (Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law); Laura Nirider, J.D., Dassey’s Defense Attorney (Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law); and Richard Leo, PhD, J.D., Defense-team’s false confessions expert (University of San Francisco School of Law). False confessions expert, Saul Kassin, PhD (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) will be the Discussant. This is a unique opportunity to expand upon a series that captivated millions, and illustrates issues salient to false confessions today.