Panelist Bios

Jessica Gabel Cino

CinoJessica Gabel Cino is an associate professor of law and incoming Associate Dean of Academics at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. Prior to joining Georgia State, she clerked for Hon. Peter T. Fay, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While practicing in San Francisco at Covington & Burling LLP, she focused on white-collar crime and death penalty cases. Professor Cino gives international and national presentations on various issues in forensic evidence, trial strategy, and criminal law. She also is widely published in these fields. In 2015, the Fulton Daily Report and ALM Media named her one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars.” Professor Cino consults on various criminal and business matters, and has engaged in numerous pro bono criminal defense representations. She also serves as an expert witness on forensic evidence and is a frequent blogger and op-ed contributor. Professor Cino received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida. While in law school, she co-founded and served as the executive director for the Wrongful Convictions Project, which is now an Innocence Clinic that assists defendants with claims of actual innocence.

Judge Anthony A. Mozingo

MozingoJudge Anthony A. Mozingo is a native Mississippian and independent decision-maker on a Southern trial court. He was educated in Mississippi and Louisiana and served as a judge on all court Mississippi court levels except the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Judge Mozingo hears all major civil and criminal cases in a five-county district. He is the first judge from his home state to earn a master's degree in judicial studies from UNR/NJC's distinguished program for sitting judges. Judge Mozingo's graduate thesis focuses on the responsibility of trial court judges' gatekeeping role. This is his first visit to West Virginia, except for a short attendance at the Bear Creek Association of Primitive Baptist churches in 1988.

Keith A. Findley

FindleyKeith A. Findley, a 1985 graduate of the Yale Law School, is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He teaches evidence, wrongful convictions, and criminal procedure. His primary areas of research focus on wrongful convictions, and in particular the role that forensic sciences play in both causing and correcting wrongful convictions, and the ways that cognitive biases can impede the criminal justice system’s reliability. Along Professor Carrie Sperling, he also serves as co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project (which he co-founded with Professor John Pray). He has previously worked as an Assistant State Public Defender in Wisconsin, both in the Appellate and Trial Divisions. He has litigated hundreds of post-conviction and appellate cases, at all levels of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meghan Ryan

Meghan RyanProfessor Meghan Ryan teaches and writes at the intersection of criminal law and procedure, torts, and law & science. Her current research focuses on the impact of evolving science, technology, and cultural values on criminal convictions and punishment, as well as on civil remedies. Professor Ryan earned her A.B., magna cum laude, in Chemistry from Harvard University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Afterk clerking for the Honorable Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, she worked at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, focusing on commerial and intellectual property litigation. Professor Ryan has also conducted research in the areas of bioinorganic chemistry, molecular biology, and experimental therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota.

Simon A. Cole

Simon ColeDr. Simon A. Cole is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. Dr. Cole is the author of Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification (Harvard University Press, 2001), which was awarded the 2003 Rachel Carson Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science, Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting (University of Chicago Press, 2008, with Michael Lynch, Ruth McNally & Kathleen Jordan), ), and more than 20 scholarly articles and book chapters about the scientific validity of fingerprint evidence and its use in the courts. He is a member of the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science and the Forensic Culture Task Force for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and he is Co-Editor of the journal Theoretical Criminology.

Brandon L. Garrett

Brandon L. Garrett focuses his research and teaching in areas of criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, habeas corpus, corporate crime, scientific evidence, civil rights, civil procedure, and constitutional law. Garrett’s recent research includes studies of DNA exonerations and organizational prosecutions. Garrett’s recent book examining corporate prosecutions, titled “Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations,” was published by Harvard University Press in Fall 2014. A new book examining the implications of the decline of the death penalty is in contract with Harvard University Press. In 2011, Harvard University Press published Garrett’s book, "Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong," examining the cases of the first 250 people to be exonerated by DNA testing. In 2013, Foundation Press published Garrett’s casebook, “Federal Habeas Corpus: Executive Detention and Post-Conviction Litigation,” co-authored with Lee Kovarsky. Garrett’s work has been widely cited by courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, state supreme courts, and courts in other countries, such as the Supreme Courts of Canada and Israel. Garrett also frequently speaks about criminal justice matters before legislative and policymaking bodies, groups of practicing lawyers, law enforcement, and to local and national media. Garrett attended Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. After graduating, he clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked as an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin LLP in New York City.

Imran Syed

Imran SyedImran Syed is an assistant clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. A 2011 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Imran has successfully litigated several arson cases in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, including the cases of David Gavitt (2012), Victor Caminata (2013) and Andrew Babick (2014). His research and writing have focused on shifts in various sciences, including fire science, comparative bullet lead analysis and the medical diagnosis formerly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Imran also teaches a law school seminar on forensic science and the law.

David Moran

David MoranDavid Moran cofounded the Michigan Innocence Clinic in 2009 to litigate claims of actual innocence by prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first six years, the clinic's work resulted in the exoneration of eight men and two women who have served a total of more than 100 years of wrongful incarceration. In addition to his work in the clinic, Professor Moran teaches courses in criminal law and criminal procedure. He has published many articles about various aspects of criminal procedure, especially search and seizure. He has argued six times before the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently in November 2012. Among his most notable cases is Halbert v. Michigan, in which the Supreme Court struck down a Michigan law that denied appellate counsel to assist indigent criminal defendants who wished to challenge their sentences after pleading guilty. Professor Moran earned his BS in physics from the University of Michigan; a BA, MA, and CAS in mathematics from Cambridge University; an MS in theoretical physics from Cornell University; and a JD, magna cum laude, from Michigan Law. He clerked for the Hon. Ralph B. Guy Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, then served for eight years as an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. In 2010, he was named the Michigan Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly and received the Justice For All Award (with Michigan Law Lecturer Bridget McCormack), the highest award bestowed by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

Katherine H. Judson

Katherine JudsonKatherine H. Judson is the SBS/AHT Litigation Coordinator and Clinical Instructor at the Wisconsin Innocence Project, where she engages in training, consulting, and direct representation of clients in cases involving wrongful convictions of child homicide and child abuse. She previously served as the Innocence Network Shaken Baby Syndrome Litigation Fellow. Kate began her legal career as an attorney with the New Mexico Public Defender Department, where she specialized in felony cases, especially those with complicated scientific evidence. Prior to beginning law school, she worked as a laboratory assistant in the Department of Pathology at the University of Wisconsin on studies involving electron microscopy. She has spoken before the American Academy of Forensic Science, the Innocence Network, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and numerous other organizations on topics related to forensic science and the law.

Vanessa Meterko

Vanessa MeterkoVanessa Meterko is the Research Analyst at the Innocence Project. She earned her M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. Vanessa has conducted research and published on a variety of topics including health care, discrimination, and wrongful convictions.

Glen Jackson

Glen JacksonDr. Glen Jackson joined the faculty of WVU in the fall of 2012 as a Ming Hsieh Distinguished Professor of Forensic and Investigative Science. Recently, Dr. Jackson was appointed to the new NIST OSAC subcommittee on Controlled Substance, which is responsible for defining national standards for forensic chemical analyses.

Suzanne Bell

Suzanne BellDr. Suzanne Bell joined the faculty of WVU in 2003. Prior to joining WVU, Dr. Bell spent three years with the New Mexico State Police Crime Laboratory as a forensic chemist where she conducted drug analysis, arson, and crime scene work. Dr. Bell also spent nine years as an environmental analytical chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Kelly Ayers

Kelly AyersProf. Kelly Ayers primarily focuses to provide training and education for local law enforcement professionals, with a special interest in the rural agencies of West Virginia. Most recently, Prof. Ayers has served as an instructional coordinator with the Forensic Science Initiative at WVU. Prior to coming to WVU in 2010, Prof. Ayers was employed as a forensic services technician with the Asheville, NC Police Department. In addition, Prof. Ayers is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and has been qualified in North Carolina Superior Court as an expert in forensic identification.

Paul Bieber

Paul BieberPaul Bieber is the Founder and Director of the Arson Research Project, an independent criminal justice research project that seeks to examine the reliability of evidence used in the investigation and prosecution of arson, and identify arson convictions that have relied on unreliable evidence. He has nine years of investigative experience including criminal defense, death scene, fire cause and origin, insurance fraud investigations and criminal justice research.

Maria Cuellar

Maria CuellarMaria Cuellar is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. She focuses her research on developing statistical methodology for social and behavioral science research, particularly as it relates to making inferences from partially-observed social network structures, correcting for systematic measurement errors such as underreporting of stigmatized behaviors, using multiple systems estimation to estimate population sizes, and estimating coverage error.

Sandra Guerra Thompson

Sandra Guerra ThompsonProfessor Sandra Guerra Thompson is the Alumnae College Professor in Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Since joining the faculty in 1990, she has taught and written in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, wrongful convictions and evidence. She has authored numerous articles on criminal law topics such as eyewitness identification and wrongful conviction, immigration crimes, jury discrimination, police interrogations, federal sentencing, and asset forfeiture.

Russell Dean Covey

Russel Dean CoveyRussell Dean Covey is a Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law. Professor Covey teaches criminal law and procedure and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in the field. In particular, his work focuses on the intersection of wrongful convictions, innocence and the guilty plea process, exploring and applying insights from a variety of disciplines, including economics, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics to shed light on the dynamics of criminal justice. His recent work includes studies on police misconduct as a cause of wrongful convictions, use by police and prosecutors of the threat of perjury sanctions to deter witnesses from recanting false incriminating testimony, and the especially pernicious effects of jailhouse informants in convicting the innocent.

Mark Godsey

Mark GodseyMark Godsey is the Carmichael Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Wrongful Convictions. A former federal prosecutor in New York City, Mark is the co-founder and director of the Ohio Innocence Project, which has free 23 Ohioans since its founding in 2003. He serves on the board of the Innocence Network, and is co-chair of the International Committee. In that capacity, he has worked with scholars and lawyers in Europe, Asia and Africa to establish innocence organizations in various countries around the world. Mark is the editor of the Wrongful Convictions Blog, and has a forthcoming book tentatively entitled Deconstructing Wrongful Convictions: How Cracks in the Human Psyche Cause Tragic Injustices.

M. Chris Fabricant

M. Chris FabricantM. Chris Fabricant is the Joseph Flom Special Counsel and Director of Strategic Ligation at the Innocence Project. He leads the Strategic Litigation Unit, whose attorneys use the courts strategically to address the leading causes of wrongful conviction, including eyewitness misidentification and the misapplication of forensic sciences. Before joining the Innocence Project, he was a clinical law professor and the director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Pace University School of Law, where he developed one of the nation’s first “combined advocacy” criminal defense clinics, incorporating individual direct representation with impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and empirical research to address the harms associated with “broken windows” policing. Mr. Fabricant has over a decade of criminal defense experience at the state and federal, trial and appellate levels with The Bronx Defenders and Appellate Advocates. He began his career as a pro se law clerk in the Southern District of New York, where he focused on prisoners’ rights and post-conviction litigation. Mr. Fabricant received his J.D. with Honors and a Corpus Juris Secundum distinction in criminal law from the George Washington University Law School.

Jennifer Laurin

Jennifer LaurinJennifer Laurin received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Earlham College. In 2003 she earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Griesa of the Southern District of New York and Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and spent several years as a litigation associate with the New York City civil rights firm of Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP. Professor Laurin's principal research interests lie in the intersections of criminal and constitutional litigation, and regulation of criminal justice institutions. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Texas Law Review, and Notre Dame Law Review, among others. Professor Laurin is also a co-author of “Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation,” the leading treatise in that area of civil rights litigation. Among other professional activities, Professor Laurin is currently serving as Reporter to the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Standards Task Force charged with updating the 1996 3rd Edition Discovery Standards.

Liliana Segura

Liliana SeguraLiliana Segura is a journalist and editor with a longtime focus on prisons, prisoners, and the failings and excesses of the U.S. criminal justice system—from wrongful convictions to the death penalty. She covered these and other issues most recently as an editor at The Nation, where she edited a number of award-winning stories. Previously she was a senior editor at AlterNet, where she was in charge of civil liberties coverage during the early days of Obama’s presidency. She has appeared on CNN International, MSNBC, DemocracyNow! and several other news outlets. Her writing has been reprinted in numerous places, from prison publications to The Best American Legal Writing to, most recently, the collection Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You. Liliana is on the board of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the Applied Research Center, a U.S. racial justice think tank. She lives in Brooklyn.

Radley Balko

Radley BalkoRadley Balko is a opinion blogger at the Washington Post, where he writes the popular blog on civil liberties and the criminal justice system, The Watch. Balko’s work on paramilitary raids and the overuse of SWAT teams was featured in the New York Times, has been praised by outlets ranging from Human Events to the Daily Kos, and was cited by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in his dissent in the case Hudson v. Michigan.
Balko is also credited with bringing national attention to the case of Cory Maye, a black man who prior to Balko’s work was on death row in Mississippi for shooting and killing a white police officer during a raid on Maye’s home. Balko’s Reason feature on Maye was also cited in an opinion by the Mississippi State Supreme Court. National Journal also profiled Balko’s coverage of the case. Balko’s November 2007 investigative report on Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne won second place in the investigative reporting category for the 2007 Los Angeles Press Club awards.
Balko was formerly a policy analyst with the Cato Institute. He has been a columnist for, a senior editor at Reason, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Time, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Forbes, ESPN, the National Post, Worth and numerous other publications. Balko has also appeared on the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NPR. Balko is also the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, published in 2013. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism and political science.

Valena Elizabeth Beety

Valena Elizabeth BeetyValena Elizabeth Beety is an Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law. She is also Deputy Director of the WVU Law Clinical Law Program, chairing the West Virginia Innocence Project. Beety’s scholarship and teaching interests include criminal procedure, causes of wrongful conviction, prisons and policing. Her experience as a federal prosecutor and litigating innocence cases in Mississippi and West Virginia shape her interest in criminal justice, from investigation through incarceration. A 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Beety clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia before joining the Mississippi Innocence Project as a senior staff attorney. At WVU, Beety directs the ground-breaking LL.M. in Forensic Justice. She created the Franklin D. Cleckley Fellowship, a joint collaboration between the University of Chicago Law School and the WVU College of Law to sponsor a recent law school graduate to work at the West Virginia Innocence Project. Beety serves nationally as a board member of the Innocence Network, and in West Virginia on the Governor’s Indigent Defense Commission. She represented WVU as a Big XII Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas School of Law in Fall 2013.

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