Of KENNEDYS & KINGS: Reinvestigating the RFK and MLK Assassinations at 50
The 17th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium
May 3 – 4, 2018
This May 3–4, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University will host its 17th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium, both onsite and via live videostream.
In keeping with a tradition that includes its renowned 2003 and 2013 symposia on the JFK assassination and its 2008 conference, "Making Sense of the Sixties", the event will reinvestigate the assassinations of
Senator Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we mark the 50th anniversaries of these history-altering murders, "
Of Kennedys and Kings
" will concentrate on forensic scientific analyses of the assassinations, possible motives for and theories of the murders, the historical contexts in which the crimes occurred, and the lives and works of Kennedy and King themselves.
The symposium will feature a mix of presentations and panel discussions by an interdisciplinary faculty that currently includes William Pepper, an associate of the Rev. King who went on to represent accused assassin James Earl Ray and is now serving as an appellate attorney to Sen. Kennedy’s convicted assassin, Sirhan Sirhan; Kennedy presidential campaign labor chair and fellow shooting victim Paul Schrade; audio forensics expert and author Philip Van Praag; former Tennessee Judge Joe Brown, who presided over Mr. Ray’s final appeal; former Los Angeles Medical Examiner Thomas Noguchi, who conducted RFK’s autopsy; and John Curington, who served as Texas oil tycoon and Republican political activist H.L. Hunt’s personal attorney for many years.
Founded in 2000, The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is an internationally acclaimed center for professional education and training in applied forensic science. Through its global network of practitioner and scholar experts and its collaborations with the university’s schools of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Law and Nursing, the Institute offers seminars, workshops, and conferences addressing a broad array of topics affecting the practice of forensic science today. Past Institute speakers have included then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, then-FBI Lab Director D. Christian Hassell, and Senior U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, among many other notable scientific, legal and public policy experts.
As we examine these landmark events in American history and reconfirm our commitment to professional education in the fields of law and forensic investigation, we invite you to attend this exciting event.
CLE and other Continuing Education credit available!