Robert Shaler & Barry Scheck

Robert Shaler & Barry Scheck
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"What You Don't Know About Forensics" Robert Shaler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and director of the Forensic Science Program at Penn State, led the team of forensic biologists to identify the remains of the 2,749 people killed in the World Trade Center attacks. Shaler had been the director of forensic biology in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, since 1990. He also was an associate professor of forensic medicine in New York University's School of Medicine, and was an adjunct associate professor with City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He received an associate degree from Valley Forge Military Junior College, a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College, and master's and doctoral degrees in biochemistry from Penn State. He holds an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Penn State's Graduate School Alumni Society elected Shaler as the first recipient of the GSAS Humanitarian Award for his humanitarian service to the people of New York City and more broadly, to the people of the United States, following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Barry Scheck, attorney, DNA expert and co-founder of The Innocence Project, isnown for his years of landmark litigation, which set standards for the use of DNA evidence in courts throughout the country. He has spearheaded a nationwide movement to re-examine the fairness and efficacy of our criminal justice system. A longtime advocate for DNA testing, Scheck co-founded The Innocence Project in 1992 with his colleague Peter Neufield. This nonprofit legal clinic has used DNA evidence to exonerate more than 150 wrongfully imprisoned people, some of whom were on death row or had been incarcerated for decades. Scheck's work has led the state of Illinois to initiate a special commission "to study and review the administration of the capital punishment process to determine why (it has resulted) in the imposition of death sentences upon innocent people." Scheck is perhaps best-recognized as the DNA expert on the O.J. Simpson defense team. He has served as counsel in many high-profile cases, including the Louise Woodward "Nanny Murder" case and the Abner Louima sexual assault case, which was a lightning rod for the issue of police brutality. He has covered the Oklahoma City bombing and other high profile trials for NBC News. Scheck received his bachelor's degree from Yale and his law degree from University of California at Berkeley. He is a former staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society. He also is the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1996 he received their highest award as the Most Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer in America.


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