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NIU College of Law Law Review Symposium

Making Murderers: Legal Implications of Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty

Rachel Krmenec, 
Symposium Editor

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Altgeld Hall Board of Trustees Room (Room 315), NIU, DeKalb, IL

MCLE: 3 hours

Please register for the symposium online. The cost is $25 per person for the general public, and registration is free for faculty, staff and full-time students at NIU.

The Northern Illinois University Law Review’s 26th annual symposium will examine how society and the legal community is affected by police interrogation methods, wrongful convictions and the death penalty.

On December 18, 2015, the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer premiered and stunned audiences everywhere. Since the premiere, the nation has been discussing Steven Avery’s case, wrongful convictions and their impact on society. Our goal for the symposium is to bring together legal academics and legal professionals to share their expertise on this issue. It is our hope that the symposium will highlight issues important to students, practicing attorneys and all members of our community.

We are excited to host a distinguished group of speakers in discussions regarding the impact of wrongful convictions on our society, our legal system and how we interact with one another. Our featured speaker will explore the wrongful conviction case of Jack McCullough.

Featured Speaker: Richard Schmack
Former DeKalb County State's Attorney

Speakers will include:

  • John Hanlon, Director of the Illinois Innocence Project
  • Anette Sikka, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Illinois - Springfield
  • Manveen Singh, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Assistant Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Technology Law


Rachel Krmenec
Symposium Editor, NIU Law Review

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