Topic: Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Obstacles to Freeing Victims
As a result of many DNA exonerations, the public is now aware that the criminal justice system makes mistakes and many innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The California Innocence Project has been dealing with this problem for decades by undoing these mistakes as well as advocating criminal justice reform to prevent and better enable these mistakes to be discovered and remedied.
Professor Jan Stiglitz is a 1975 graduate of Albany Law. He began his teaching career at California Western School of Law in 1980, after receiving his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
While on the faculty at California Western, Professor Stiglitz also represented numerous individuals who were appealing their criminal convictions. In 1999, Professor Stiglitz, along with Professor Justin Brooks, founded the California Innocence Project. The Project’s mission is to seek the exoneration of those who have been wrongfully convicted and to effect changes in the law and in police practices which will prevent wrongful convictions.
In his work as Co-Directer of the Project, Professor Stiglitz has appeared in federal and state courts throughout California, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. His work in the Project has earned him two California Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Professor Stiglitz has recently stepped down as Co-Director of the Innocence Project and retired from California Western. He is now representing some California Innocence Project exonerees in civil litigation seeking compensation
Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, MGSDII visiting professor at SDSU, is one of the most powerful women in Israeli cinema. She has been a writer on several television series, directed documentaries and also served as a script editor on two series. She is well known in Israel for the drama “A Touch Away” and the documentary, “A Place Under the Sun.” She was Editor-in-Chief at Keter Publishing House, one of the largest publishers in Israel, and has edited books by celebrated writers, including Amoz Oz, Shemi Zarhin, and Nava Semel.
Jamie Bernstein the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s most revered musicians, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. Chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront, and On the Town, Renaissance artist in a variety of musical forms, humanitarian and all-around celebrity, he held court with everyone from the Kennedys to the Black Panthers to John Lennon. In this intimate portrait of a complicated and occasionally tormented artist and father, Jamie Bernstein—a celebrated concert narrator, broadcaster, journalist, poet, and radio producer/host in her own right—tells a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.
“In the year of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, with its worldwide celebrations, this book is a startling inside view…a story of encompassing family love, Jewish-American style, with all its glories and corrosions.” –The New Yorker
Join Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander (Dinner at the Center of the Earth, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank) for Shabbat dinner and conversation about his best work yet—a brilliant satire, reminiscent of early Philip Roth, about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his dead father. Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as the surviving son to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. Larry refuses—thus imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease his family, he hires a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the daily prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest. For full menu visit sdcjc.org.