Eyewitness ID Expert Speaker

Gary Wells - Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Anheuser-Busch Hall Jordan Foundation Classroom, Room 204

Don’t miss Gary L. Wells, a nationally recognized scholar on eyewitness memory, speaking at Washington University’s law school. 

Wells has spoken to more than 100 groups of trial judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and police across the U.S. and Canada in the last five years. He was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Justice group that developed the first set of national guidelines for eyewitness evidence. He co-chaired the panel that wrote the Justice Department training manual for law enforcement on the collection and preservation of eyewitness identification evidence, which has been distributed to every law enforcement agency in the U.S.  Wells has worked with prosecutors and police in New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Iowa, New York, Florida, Tennessee, and other states to reform the way they conduct police lineups. 

Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, Wells has authored over 150 articles and chapters and two books. Most of this work has been focused on the reliability of eyewitness identification. His research on eyewitness identification is funded by the National Science Foundation and his findings have been incorporated into standard textbooks in psychology and law. His studies demonstrate that rates of mistaken eyewitness identification can be exacerbated by the methods that crime investigators use in conducting lineups and photo spreads. His theories and staged-crime experiments led to the development of the sequential lineup. His research-based proposals on lineup procedures, such as the use of double-blind techniques, are being increasingly accepted in law enforcement practices across the U.S.  He has served as an expert for the defense, prosecution, and plaintiffs in criminal and civil cases across the U.S. and Canada.  

His conclusions about eyewitness identification have received national media attention in such places as the New Yorker magazine, Time magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. He has made appearances on CBS’s 48 Hours, the NBC Nightly News, CNN’s Newsnight, Court TV, and NBC’s Today Show, among others.

For information call 314-935-6452 or email eahughes@wulaw.wustl.edu 

Directions/Information:  Parking is available in Millbrook Garage (north of the law school) or in Snow Way Garage (west of the law school).  Both can be accessed off Forest Park Parkway at Throop Drive.  Parking hang tags are available for $5.00 each and can be purchased inside.  There is also an underground garage which is accessed from Forsyth on the south side of the school and is located near the School of Business.  Cost for parking in the underground garage is $1.00 per hour or a maximum of $5.00 per day.  All garages have handicap parking available. 

If taking MetroLink, please use the Big Bend/University City stop on the Shrewsbury line.  

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