Ann England, Clinical Professor, Law
Location: Benson Earth Sciences Building, Room 180, 2200 Colorado Ave.
Doors open at 12:30 and the classroom can only seat 170 people. There is no overflow seating for this lecture. Advanced registration is not accepted.
The United States criminal justice system has been described as the best in the world, and is a model for other countries. However, there are numerous cases of wrongful convictions, where individuals have spent years and even decades in prisons around America for crimes they did not commit. These individual tragedies have exposed significant weaknesses in our justice system that affect not only the individual wrongfully accused but also force us to look at the integrity of the entire justice system. In this lecture, Ann England will talk about the causes of wrongful convictions in the United States through the lens of three very high profile cases: Korey Wise of the Central Park Five, Timothy Masters and Clarence Moses-El. The lecture will include watching parts of several documentaries, reviewing news articles and discussing the new Korey Wise Innocence Project at the University of Colorado School of Law and its role in working to find the wrongfully convicted. Read an in-depth story about the project here.
Ann England has been a clinical law professor at the University of Colorado, School of Law since 2005. Prior to becoming a clinical law professor, she worked at the Federal Public Defender's Office and at the Colorado State Public Defender's Office. At the Colorado State Public Defender's Office she worked in Arapahoe, Adams, Weld, Logan and Denver Counties as an Deputy State Public Defender. She later became a division lead at the Colorado State Public Defender's Office in Denver. England received her law degree from the University of Denver in 1995, Sturm College of Law and her bachelor's from the University of Michigan in 1990. She was the founder of the Korey Wise Innocence Project at Colorado Law and remains involved as its faculty advisor. For more information, visit England's website.