"Memory on Trial: Evaluating Eyewitness Identification Evidence in the 21st Century," A Lecture by the Honorable Stuart Rabner

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December 10, 2012, New York, NY

Eyewitness identification can have an enormous impact on the outcome of a trial. But how trustworthy is such testimony? And, if inaccurate, could it result in a miscarriage of justice? How should the courts proceed?

To explore these important issues, The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to present a lecture by the Honorable Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, titled "Memory on Trial: Evaluating Eyewitness Identification Evidence in the 21st Century." The moderator will be the Honorable Shirley Werner Kornreich, Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division. This program—a Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture in Law and Ethics at JTS—is cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS, and cohosted by Columbia Law School. It will take place at JTS's campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP online at www.jtsa.edu/eyewitness or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for check-in, and have photo ID available.

Attorneys, please note: This program has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) credit hour in professional practice. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. New Jersey attorneys will receive credit for this program through reciprocity.

In August 2011, after examining hundreds of scientific studies and hearing from numerous experts, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued the groundbreaking conclusion in State v. Henderson that the prevailing legal standard for analyzing and admitting eyewitness identification evidence needed to be changed. In this lecture, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, author of the unanimous landmark decision that attracted national attention, will examine how the court reached that point, the reasons underlying the new standard, and the decision's vast implications for the entire justice system.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Chief Justice Rabner was a law clerk to US District Court Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise before joining the US Attorney's Office in Newark in 1986. Beginning as an assistant US attorney, Chief Justice Rabner worked in a number of positions including first assistant US attorney and chief of the terrorism unit. He was chief of the office's criminal division when he was named chief counsel to Governor Jon Corzine in January 2006. Named New Jersey attorney general in September 2006, he served in that position until his nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2007. Chief Justice Rabner is past chair of the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of Clifton-Passaic and past president of Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex in Caldwell, New Jersey.

The annual Bernard G. Segal Memorial Lecture was established by JTS in honor of the late philanthropist and community leader. Mr. Segal was the first Jewish president of the American Bar Association, and the first Jewish chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

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