Symposia & Lectures

Past Programs

Ethics Roundtable: Lies, Deceit and BS in Court (CLE)

February 1, 2016
Judges are bombarded by dishonest statements by lawyers and witnesses alike. But not all dishonesty is created equal, either in the eyes of the law or in the way people speak. This presentation focused on differences among flat-out falsity (lies), true statements that are designed to persuade someone to believe in the truth of what the speaker knows to be false (deceit), and statements intended to aggrandize the speaker without regard to the truth or falsity of the statement (BS). In ethical rules, in the definition of perjury, in the examination of witnesses, and in the rhythm of litigation apart from formal rules, these strategies of dishonesty are sometimes treated alike, but more often are treated differently. The presenters endeavored to sort this out and solicited reactions concerning lawyers' experiences with and treatment of dishonest conduct in court.

Lawrence Solan, Don Forchelli Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition, Brooklyn Law School

Adam Kolber, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Watch the roundtable here.

Getting a Confession Versus Getting at the Truth: An Ethical Alternative to Deceptive Police Interrogation Tactics (CLE)

October 1, 2015
Recent years have seen numerous exonerations of persons who were convicted based on confessions elicited by deceptive or manipulative police interrogations. Yet, courts in the United States continue to condone these tactics. Other countries have long banned deceptive interrogation tactics as unethical and unreliable, using instead a method of investigative interviewing known by the acronym PEACE. The Brooklyn Law School Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition brought together experts in the field to explore this issue from legal and psychological perspectives.

Saul Kassin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Brent Snook, Professor of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Inspector Todd Barron, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Glenn Garber, Founder and Director of The Exoneration Initiative, Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School

Watch the Law, Language & Cognition Ethics Roundtable: Lies, Deceit and BS in Court

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