Brendan Dassey: A True Story of a False Confession Video and CLE Course (Illinois CLE credit only) is now available on Youtube. Last month, Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth gave a presentation to a packed Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, in which they used their client Brendan Dassey’s case—featured in the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer—as a lens for the study of police interrogation.
Drizin and Nirider used footage from Dassey’s videotaped interrogations to highlight the way certain errors by law enforcement can elicit false confessions. Following their presentation, the Honorable Michael K. Browne, a Hennepin County, Minnesota judge, led a panel discussion with Drizin, Nirider, Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh, a forensic psychologist, and Robert J. Milan, a former assistant state’s attorney and current managing director at Stroz Friedberg.
The CWCY—a joint project of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Children and Family Justice Center— was created to address the unique problems faced by wrongfully accused youth, by spearheading exoneration efforts in cases like Dassey’s, as well as advocating for criminal justice reforms aimed at improving juvenile interrogation methods.
The April 6, 2016, presentation and the panel discussion that followed are available as an on-demand continuing legal education (CLE) course in the state of Illinois. The CLE fee is $150, and proceeds will support the work of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY).