The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah has awarded law professor Daniel Medwed a Virgil C. Aldrich Fellowship in the Humanities. Medwed will spend the Fall Semester 2010 in residence at the Tanner Center working on a book project concerning how prosecutors occasionally and often inadvertently contribute to the conviction of innocent defendants due to cognitive biases and an overly-deferential regime of doctrinal and ethical rules. That book project is under contract with New York University Press.
In addition, the University Research Commitee has granted Medwed a Faculty Fellowship Award to use for research leave in a future semester as well as a $5,000 Faculty Research Grant to cover costs associated with his scholarship. “I am extremely fortunate to work at a university that cares deeply about research” Professor Medwed says. “And to work for a Dean and two Associate Deans who empower faculty members to pursue their scholarly agenda to the fullest extent possible.”