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This series is the result of a collaboration between the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and the Criminal Justice Act ("CJA") Board of Massachusetts with support from the United States District Court of Massachusetts.

We welcome you to a new speaker series featuring leaders with diverse perspectives on the criminal justice field, designed to spark innovation by, and conversation between, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation officers, and law enforcement professionals.

This page will be updated with upcoming speakers in the speaker series. Be sure to check back!



James Doyle

November 6, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
United States District Court Boston, Jury Assembly Room

Attorney and author James Doyle will speak about his ongoing research on avoiding and correcting errors in the criminal justice system. His current work with the National Institute of Justice focuses on reviewing errors from a systemic viewpoint - errors that can have devastating human costs. This approach, called "sentinel event analysis," has been highly productive in more technical fields such as aviation and medicine. Applying this approach to the criminal justice context can be used to analyze events such as wrongful convictions, mistaken pretrial releases, police shootings, or "near misses" that might have resulted in a negative outcome if not otherwise caught. Mr. Doyle will discuss a new set of initiatives that focus on such events as organizational failures, rather than focusing on blaming individual actors. He will discuss research on techniques that focus on forward-looking accountability to help prevent such errors from reoccurring.

Speaker Biography:
James Doyle is a veteran litigator and writer. His experience includes constitutional litigation, homicide trials and appeals, representing crime victims, death row litigation, and civil rights cases. He is the author of True Witness (2005) the history of the collision between the science of memory and the legal system, and the co-author (with Elizabeth Loftus) of Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal, the principal treatise for lawyers in eyewitness cases. He was the founding Director of The Center For Modern Forensic Practice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and its Arson Screening Project. During 2012-2014 he was a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, where he devised and launched NIJ's Sentinel Events Initiative, and authored the principal essay in the NIJ's Special Report, Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews. He is an Advisor to the American Law Institute's Project on Policing and recently completed a term as a Senior Program Advisor to the National Institute of Justice.

Attorney and Author James Doyle

Reception to follow with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar to follow.

Event will be held at the Boston Moakley Courthouse and streamed to Worcester and Springfield federal courthouses. Please indicate if you plan to attend the livestream in your RSVP.

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