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The Literary Journalism Program,
the School of Humanities and the School of Law
at UC Irvine

Justice and Injustice: The Consequences of Storytelling in the Courtroom

January 23 and 24, 2015

UC Irvine School of Law
Room EDU 1111

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UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public, a collaborative conference and lecture series of the Literary Journalism Program, the School of Humanities, and the School of Law, presents a two-day conference on storytelling and law.

Friday’s keynote speaker is Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law.


January 23, Friday

3:00 p.m. Welcome coffee

3:45 p.m. Introductory remarks: Amy Wilentz, author and co-founder of the Forum for the Academy and the Public

4:00 p.m. Kickoff Panel: Controlling the Narrative

  • Jeff Robinson, speaker
  • Bobby Grace, Linda Deutsch, Barry Siegel
  • Moderator: Miles Corwin

5:45 p.m. Introduction of keynote speaker by Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI’s School of Law

6:00 p.m. Keynote speech by Bryan Stevenson

6:45 p.m. Q&A with Audience

January 24, Saturday

8:00 a.m. Coffee

8:30 a.m. Panel 1: Death Penalty Narratives: High Stakes and the Need for an Ending

  • Michael Connelly, speaker
  • Mike Farrell, Celeste Fremon, Erwin Chemerinsky
  • Moderator: Barry Siegel

10:00 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.: Panel 2: The Role of Science in Courtroom Narratives

  • Elizabeth Loftus, speaker
  • James McGaugh, Jon Eisenberg, Michael Grossberg
  • Moderator: Erika Hayasaki

12:30 p.m. Lunch
Luncheon speaker: Philip Meyer, author of Storytelling for Lawyers

1:30 p.m. Panel 3: Turning a Villain into a Victim (and vice versa)

  • Linda Edwards, speaker
  • Gloria Killian, Howard Weitzman, Gary Bostwick
  • Moderator: Henry Weinstein

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Panel 4: Creating a Coherent Narrative: What Happened and Whodunit?

  • Paul Barrett, speaker
  • Brook Thomas, Hector Villagra, Philip Meyer
  • Moderator: Amy Wilentz

5:00 p.m. Closing comments
Barry Siegel, author of Manifest Injustice and Director of UCI’s Literary Journalism Program

More details about each panel here »