On Feb. 9, 2015, Professor Alafair Burke will deliver “Why Good Prosecutors Might Do Bad Things” as the Gates Lecture at the University of Washington School of Law. The event is sponsored by the UW School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program.
The lecture draws on Professor Burke’s substantial research regarding the ways that cognitive biases can affect prosecutorial discretion, including decisions regarding the disclosure of potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense.
While she is in Seattle, Professor Burke will also meet with attorneys in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to discuss the ways that even ethical professors can unwittingly contribute to wrongful convictions.