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October 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
4:30 – 6:00pm – Program
6:00 – 6:30pm – Reception
Room 190, Stanford Law School
Prosecutors yield tremendous power in the criminal justice system. How is their power checked? What can District Attorneys and defense attorneys do to limit Brady violations and other forms of misconduct? This discussion will center around a piece Emily Bazelon wrote for The New York Times Magazine in August 2017 about Noura Jackson, a teenager in Memphis who was convicted of killing her mother, and who spent 11 years in prison despite the prosecutor having evidence that could have exonerated her. The Stanford Criminal Justice Center and the Center on the Legal Profession are pleased to welcome Emily Bazelon, staff writer for the New York Times Magazinie, Cynthia Garza, Special Fields Bureau Chief of the Dallas Conviction Integrity Unit, and Brendon Woods, Public Defender for Alameda County. The discussion will be moderated by Professor David Sklansky.
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She wrote the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy and she is a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. She is currently working on a book about prosecutors and criminal justice reform.
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|Cynthia R. Garza
Cynthia R. Garza is the Special Fields Bureau Chief of the Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit. She obtained her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Southern Methodist University and graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.Ms. Garza practiced trial and appellate criminal defense at the Dallas law firm of Sorrels, Udashen & Anton before joining the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Appellate Division in 2008. She joined the Conviction Integrity Unit in January 2010 and has been involved in a significant percentage of the Unit’s exonerations.
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|Brendon D. Woods
With nearly 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation, Brendon Woods has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since he joined the Office as a Post-Bar Law Clerk in 1996. In December 2012, he was appointed Public Defender. He is the first African-American Public Defender in Alameda County history.
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