First Fundraising Event to Benefit Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences Held at Carmody MacDonald in St. Louis

St. Louis, Mo., November 20, 2018 – Carmody MacDonald P.C. recently hosted the first-ever event to raise awareness and funding for the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences (CIFS) to improve the reliability of forensic sciences used in America’s courtrooms. On November 14, the evening before CIFS’ symposium at the Washington University School of Law, nationally known attorneys and educators Dean Strang and Jerome Buting spoke about the state of forensic sciences and wrongful convictions before a full house of diverse attendees, including attorneys, physicians, business professionals, parents, and local high school students. Jerome Buting and Dean Strang gained national attention for defending Steven Avery in a homicide case that became the center of the wildly popular Netflix documentary series, “Making a Murderer.”

The event also featured a presentation by Washington Post journalist Radley Balko, who spoke about reform efforts in the American judicial system. Balko, who is known for his news stories about the need for municipal court reform in Ferguson and across the country, is the author of The Rise of the Warrior Cop and A True Story of Injustice in the American South.

“CIFS is dedicated to strengthening the use of forensic sciences and crime laboratories in American criminal courts,” said James Carmody, Principal at Carmody MacDonald and a member of the CIFS National Advisory Board. “We are uncovering and combatting the use of junk science and reforming the improper use of expert witnesses that can often lead to wrongful convictions.”

Gerard Carmody, Carmody MacDonald Principal and Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law at Washington University School of Law, emceed the event at the Carmody MacDonald office. Tokarz spoke about the high percentage of wrongful convictions resulting from the admission of improper or invalid evidence, which was a central topic that was discussed at the next day’s symposium, titled “Where’s the Science in Forensic Science?” Video of the symposium will be available on the Washington University Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series website and the CIFS website.

All proceeds from the event at Carmody MacDonald went directly to CIFS, which seeks to elevate scientific standards, independence, and objectivity of the nation’s crime laboratories and also to pair graduate and undergraduate students of the sciences with law students to work directly on cases that raise serious concerns about the reliability of forensic analysis. For more information on CIFS, please visit

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