Valena Beety

Professor of Law and Deputy Director, Academy for Justice – Arizona State University

Professor Beety’s experiences as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and as an innocence litigator in Mississippi and West Virginia, shape her research and writing on wrongful convictions, forensic evidence, the opioid crisis and incarceration. Professor Beety founded the West Virginia Innocence Project, served as a board member of the national Innocence Network and a commissioner on the West Virginia Governor’s Indigent Defense Commission. She is the co-author of the Wrongful Convictions Reader (2018). Before serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Beety clerked for the Honorable Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and for the Honorable Chief Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio. Beety holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Douglas A. Berman

Professor of Law and Executive Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center – The Ohio State University

Douglas Berman is Professor and Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing and rapidly-evolving drug laws and regulations. Berman is a long-time editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and is frequently consulted by policymakers, sentencing commissioners, and public policy groups concerning sentencing law and policy reforms. Prior to joining the faculty at Moritz College of law, he was a litigation associate and served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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