8:45 a.m. Bagels, 9:00 a.m., Q&A, S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Millions of Americans were captivated by the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” when it premiered in 2015. The 10-episode series unraveled as the perfect crime thriller as viewers contemplated in each new twist of the case whether two defendants —Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey —were guilty of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County Wisconsin in 2005, or if they’d been framed by police and unethically prosecuted by a broken justice system. The case was particularly unusual because Avery had been wrongfully convicted and spent 18 years in prison for a brutal sexual assault and the attempted murder of Wisconsin woman Penny Beernsten in 1985. DNA evidence exonerated Avery in 2003, and he became the face of how eyewitness identification can go wrong.
Given the popularity of the series, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Shima Baradaran Baughman created a new course for law students exploring issues related to the case which has made its debut in the spring semester of 2018.
As part of the course, Wisconsin attorney Dean Strang will speak to students at a lecture also open to the University of Utah community and broader public. Strang represented Steven Avery and has a prominent role in the Netflix documentary.
Dean Strang Bio
Dean Strang practices in Madison, Wisconsin, as a shareholder in StrangBradley, LLC. He was Wisconsin’s first Federal Defender and has argued in the United States Supreme Court, five federal circuits, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Mr. Strang is a Lecturer on the adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law and has been an adjunct professor at both the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School. He also is a lecturer in legal history for the University of Wisconsin, Division of Continuing Studies. His first book was WORSE THAN THE DEVIL: ANARCHISTS, CLARENCE DARROW, AND JUSTICE IN A TIME OF TERROR (U. Wisconsin Press 2013; rev. ed. 2016). His second book, WOBBLY: AMERICA’S BIGGEST MASS TRIAL, THE RISE OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE FALL OF THE IWW, about the mass trial of IWW members in Chicago federal court in 1918, will be published in 2018.
For questions contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.
Paid parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium using the pay-by-phone app. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).