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Eyewitness Identification: A Criminal Law Primer 2023

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  • Start Date:2023-01-26 19:00:00
  • End Date:2025-01-26 19:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Criminal Law

$149.00 ["ProPass"]

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In recent years, eyewitness identification has been met with scrutiny. Is it reliable? What factors make an eyewitness more or less reliable? What does science say and how does this apply to your legal practice?

This CLE brings you both sides of the coin. Dr. Jonathan P. Vallano, PhD, professor of legal and forensic psychology at University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, will break down the science behind eyewitness identification. Then, Marissa Boyers Bluestine, Assistant Director of the Quanttrone Center for the Fair Administration Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will present the practical legal application. 

Recorded in January 2023.


Marissa Bluestine Esq.

Ms. Boyers Bluestine is an Assistant Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A leading national expert in conviction integrity units, Ms. Bluestine advises prosecutors around the country looking to set up or improve specialized units that investigate claims of actual innocence. Ms. Bluestine joined the Quattrone Center after a decade leading the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, a non-profit dedicating to securing exoneration for individuals wrongfully convicted of crimes. As Legal Director and then Executive Director, she built the organization into a statewide leader in criminal justice reform, spearheading successful efforts to reverse over a dozen wrongful convictions during her tenure. Ms. Bluestine has repeatedly been recognized for her important work, receiving the Andrew Hamilton Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Woman of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer. 

Jonathan Vallano PhD

Jonathan P. Vallano holds a doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Legal Psychology from Florida International University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he teaches and conducts research, along with teaching a Psychology and Law course within the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His scholarly and applied interests encompass the broad areas of eyewitness memory and identification, police interviewing tactics, and juror decision-making. He has published articles on these topics in peer-reviewed journals, along with consulting on legal cases, including serving as an expert witness on eyewitness memory/identification.

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