The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and The Rise of Machine Evidence on April 8

As technology continues to rapidly advance, particularly in the areas of computing systems and artificial intelligence, the legal system has become increasingly reliant on machine-driven evidence such as biometric identification, cell-service location information, neuroimaging and computer-automated DNA profiles. Although these technologies are remarkable, they pose challenging legal and ethical questions.

Leading scholars from around the country will offer insights about these modern forms of evidence during The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and The Rise of Machine Evidence, a conference sponsored by the School of Law Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

"As machine-driven technology replaces other forms of evidence based on human skills, the legal system must address the serious concerns such evidence presents," said Duquesne law professor and conference chair Jane Moriarty.

Keynote speaker Andrea Roth, professor at the Berkeley School of Law, will present What Machines Can Teach Us About Confrontation. A leading scholar on machine evidence, she has published foundational work in the area, including Machine Testimony in the Yale Law Journal and Trial By Machine in the Georgetown Law Journal. In 2021, Roth was appointed chair of the Legal Resource Task Group of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Organization of Scientific Area Committees.

The conference also will include legal experts from Arizona State University, Fordham and Penn State law schools as well as Duquesne law school. Speakers will address constitutional concerns about privacy, self-incrimination and confrontation; the reliability of machine evidence; the role of racial discrimination and bias in technology; and the ethical implications of technological evidence.

Moriarty, who also is the Carol Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship at the law school, will present The Inscrutability Problem: From First-Generation Forensic Science to Neuroimaging Evidence.

"This conference brings a wealth of scholars to Duquesne to discuss critical, cutting-edge issues that courts must evaluate as these technologies develop into courtroom evidence," Moriarty said. "We are excited about the subject of the conference and the great speakers, and we look forward to an engaged and participatory audience."

Attorneys can earn five Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, including one ethics hour. Learn more and register to attend The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and the Rise of Machine.

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