How Human Psychological Factors Impede A Lawyer’s Fact-Finding Efforts

Mark Godsey, Ohio Innocence Project

Join us on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, for a discussion with Mark Godsey of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mr. Godsey will discuss use (and misuse) of science in legal proceedings and how results can be skewed to align with the advocate’s intended messaging.

Mr. Godsey will discuss the Ohio Innocence Project and how its efforts have shown the flaws of the psychological beliefs, such as a belief that jurors can tell if someone is lying and that no one would confess unless truly guilty. Mr. Godsey will address the reasons behind these flaws, such as confirmation bias, the power of suggestion, and the inability to accurately recall events, and particularly, emotional events.

This powerful intersection of criminal justice, psychology, and science is a 1 hr. CLE that is not to be missed!

Register here by Friday, February 7, at noon

About the speaker:

Mark Godsey is the Director and co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Mr. Godsey is a renowned activist, scholar, and attorney and a regular commentator on issues relating to wrongful conviction. Mark Godsey’s book entitled Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions explores how science can be misinterpreted and manipulated. 

Prior to his work with the Ohio Innocence Project, Mr. Godsey was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Southern District of New York. He has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and graduated law school at The Ohio State University.

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Intellectual Property Diversity & Inclusion Training: What Every IP Attorney Needs to Know

Please note the December CLE will be held at the Backstage Event Center, located at 625 Walnut Street (above Horse & Barrel and across the street from the Aronoff Center).

Join us on December 10, 2019 for a discussion with Tammy Bennett of Dinsmore & Schohl LLP. Ms. Bennett will cover the business case for diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias barriers, and intellectual competency.

One hour of Attorney Conduct CLE is anticipated for this event.

Register here by Wednesday, December 4 at noon.

About the speaker:

Ms. Bennett has more than 15 years of employment law experience providing counsel in HR compliance and best, and next, practices. She creates HR tool kits, policies and procedures, conducts training, evaluates performance, oversees workplace investigations and leads networking events such as round tables.

Ms. Bennett specializes in providing clients practical advice and training regarding leave management, including the FMLA and ADAAA, wage and hour, talent acquisition (recruitment), EEO compliance, diversity and inclusion, conflict management and dispute resolution, leadership development and human resources management. She also consults on recent HR issues, such as the multigenerational workplace, LGBTQ trends and HR data analytics.