Daniel Medwed selected as 49th Robert D. Klein Lecturer

April 01, 2013

Medwed to deliver lecture at 3 pm on Thursday, April 4

Northeastern University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen W. Director invited the Northeastern University community to attend a lecture delivered by Daniel Medwed, the 2013 Robert D. Klein Lecturer, in a message to all university faculty and staff. The message reads:

I am delighted to announce that Daniel Medwed, Professor of Law in the School of Law, has been selected as the 49th Robert D. Klein Lecturer.  Professor Medwed’s talk, “Bargain with the Devil? Prosecutorial Overreaching, the Pressure to Plead Guilty, and the Innocent Criminal Defendant,” will be delivered at 3 pm on Thursday, April 4, in the Raytheon Amphitheater.  I am pleased to invite the entire Northeastern University community to this event.

The Klein University Lecturer Award established in 1964, upon the recommendation of the Faculty Senate, honors a member of the teaching faculty who has contributed with distinction to his or her own field of study.  The University Lecture enables that faculty member to share the fruits of that scholarship with the University community and the general public.  In 1979, the award was renamed in tribute to the late Robert D. Klein, professor of mathematics, chairman of the Faculty Senate Agenda Community, and vice chairman of the Faculty Senate.

Daniel Medwed is a nationally known expert in criminal law and a leading scholar in the field of wrongful convictions. His recent book, Prosecution Complex: America’s Race to Convict and Its Impact on the Innocent (New York University Press, 2012), has been received with critical acclaim.  His earlier work has appeared in numerous distinguished publications such as the Boston University Law Review, the Iowa Law Review and the University of Illinois Law Review.  He chairs Northeastern’s School of Law’s admissions committee and has directed a faculty giving campaign being used to fund a first-ever Faculty Scholarship Fund. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Innocence Network, is a member and former President of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, a former member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and a former member of the Board of Directors, Salt Lake Legal Defender Association.

Professor Medwed earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Before joining Northeastern in 2012, he taught at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and at Brooklyn Law School.  He has been honored with many teaching prizes including the University of Utah College of Law’s Peter W. Billings Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, a Student Choice Teaching Prize from the Associated Students of the University of Utah in 2006, and two Professor of the Year awards in 2003 and 2004 from Brooklyn Law School.  He has also worked as an associate appellate counsel at The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, of New York City and in private practice.