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Innocence Project Director to Appear in LIU Post Provost Lecture Series

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Jennifer Davidson,Director of Community Relations
Long Island University, LIU Post
516-299-3500

Peter J. Neufeld, JD, co-founder and director of The Innocence Project, will appear at LIU Post in Brookville on Tuesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m. at Humanities Hall, Room 119, as part of the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series for 2012.

Neufeld, who received an honorary doctorate from Long Island University in August, is a founding partner at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a Manhattan law firm specializing in representing victims of civil rights violations. He will be interviewed in a roundtable format by Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of LIU Post and founder of the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series.

Peter Neufeld is probably best known as the co-founder, with Barry Scheck, of the Innocence Project, a pro bono legal clinic first established in 1992 at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law to apply the then-emerging science of DNA testing to overturn wrongful convictions. Today, the Innocence Project represents hundreds of inmates and has represented more than half of the 300 DNA exonerees, including 17 on death row.  The Project has helped spawn the Innocence Network that now comprises more than fifty projects across the nation and ten more abroad.

A champion of legal reform, Mr. Neufeld's work has helped shape the course of U.S. case law and has raised awareness of problems in the justice system. In addition, he helped launch an influential study by the National Academy of Sciences that resulted in important state and federal legislation on the use of DNA evidence.

With Scheck and their late partner, Johnnie Cochran, he successfully represented Abner Louima and Earl Washington in their high-profile cases involving civil rights violations by the police. He is co-author, with Scheck and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jim Dwyer, of the book, "Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted."

Neufeld's honors include the University of Virginia School of Law's Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law; the American Lawyer of the Year Award; selection by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Influential Lawyers in America and runner-up for Lawyer of the Year; and listings in numerous editions of "Who's Who in American Law and "Who's Who in America." He serves on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science and on the board of trustees of Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Now in its fifth season, the Provost Distinguished Lecture Series has become one of LIU Post's most prestigious cultural offerings – an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to engage with some of today's greatest minds. Established by LIU Post Provost Dr. Paul H. Forestell, the lecture series features prominent leaders and thinkers from around the world and among the LIU Post faculty who share their experiences and expertise on topics of interest to the Long Island community.

LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville.

For information visit www.liu.edu/post/provostlecture or call 516-299-3500 or email neighbor@liu.edu. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Posted 09/12/2012

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