Symposium: Child Witnesses in Sexual Abuse Cases
Friday, February 22, 2013
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
How believable are children when they accuse someone of sexually abusing them? Can we tell when children are truthful, lying, or relating false memories implanted by adults? If a child has difficulty testifying eye-to-eye with an alleged abuser in open court, should the court allow the child to testify from the judge’s chambers by closed-circuit TV or permit adults – such as doctors, social workers, teachers, police – to testify about what the child told them? How are public opinion and the judicial system affected by media coverage of such cases? These are subjects of passionate controversy. This symposium brings together leading researchers in the field – from law, psychology, public policy, and communications – for what promises to be a lively and important discussion.
Nicholas C. Bala, Professor, Law Faculty, Queens University, Canada
Ross A. Cheit, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University
Jennifer J. Freyd, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Gail Goodman, Professor of Psychology, University of California-Davis
Steven Gorelick, Professor of Media Studies, Hunter College, CCNY
Thomas D. Lyon, Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Southern California
Wendy J. Murphy, Adjunct Professor, New England Law School and author of And Justice for Some
Debra Poole, Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University
Symposium Organizer & Moderator Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law, RWU Law
This full day program is approved for 6 hours of CLE credits in Rhode Island.
$75 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and six Rhode Island MCLE credits.
Law students, judiciary, Class of 2012 RWU Law alumni, and attorneys from government agencies may attend the symposium complimentary but registration is required by February 15, 2013.
For further information and registration, contact the RWU Law Office of Alumni, Programs & Events at 401-254-4659 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will be issued less a $25 processing fee with a written request by February 8, 2013. Refunds will not be issued after February 8, 2013.