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Valena E. Beety

Visiting Professor

204 Mandrell Hall

vebe223@uky.edu

(859) 257-2893

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Valena Elizabeth Beety joins UK Law as a Visiting Professor of Law for the Fall 2018 Semester, teaching Criminal Law and a Criminal Law and Procedure seminar.  Her scholarship and teaching interests include criminal procedure, causes of wrongful conviction, prisons and policing.

She is a Professor of Law and Founding Director of the West Virginia Innocence Project at the West Virginia University College of Law. She represented WVU as a Big XII Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas School of Law in Fall 2013. Beety’s scholarship and teaching interests include criminal procedure, causes of wrongful conviction, prisons and policing. Her experience as a federal prosecutor and litigating innocence cases in Mississippi and West Virginia shape her interest in criminal justice, from investigation through incarceration.

A 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Beety clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia before joining the Mississippi Innocence Project as a senior staff attorney. At WVU, Beety created and was the inaugural director of the ground-breaking LL.M. in Forensic Justice, launched in Fall 2015. She also created the Franklin D. Cleckley Fellowship, a joint collaboration between the University of Chicago Law School and the WVU College of Law to sponsor a recent law school graduate to work at the West Virginia Innocence Project.

Beety serves nationally as an elected board member of the Innocence Network, and as an invited board member of the Research Center on Violence. In West Virginia she is an appointed member of the Governor’s Indigent Defense Commission. She is a founding member of the Appalachian Justice Initiative at WVU College of Law. Beety received the WVU College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award in 2016 and her scholarship is published widely, most notably in theNorthwestern Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, and the Florida Law Review. She is co-author of The Wrongful Convictions Reader, published by Carolina Academic Press in 2018. 

Education

University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2006
Staff Member, University of Chicago Law Review
Fellow, University of Chicago Law School Stonewall Fellowship
Fellow, The Alfred B. Teton Civil and Human Rights Scholarship

University of Chicago, the College, B.A., Anthropology, with Honors 2002
Richter Grant for Undergraduate Research, Chicago Legal Aid for Incarcerated Mothers
Metcalf Fellow, Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois
Fulbright Scholar, Lycee Darchicourt, Henin-Beaumont, France

Books & Book Chapters

The Wrongful Convictions Reader, Carolina Academic Press (forthcoming 2018) (with Russell Covey).

 

Scholarly Articles

Contemporary Perspectives on Wrongful Conviction: An Introduction to the 2018 Innocence Network Conference, Memphis, 45 Northeastern U. L. Rev. 2 (forthcoming 2019) (symposium organizer) (with Stephanie Hartung).

Prosecuting Opioid Use, Punishing Rurality, ___Ohio St. L. J. ___ (forthcoming 2019) (invited symposium contribution).

Evidence on Fire, 97 North Carolina L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2019) (with Jennifer Oliva);·         featured on Excited Utterance: The Evidence and Proof Podcast, (forthcoming September 2018      cited and discussed in Expert Evidence (Carolina Academic Press 2019)
The Overdose/Homicide Epidemic, ___ Ga. State U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018) (invited symposium contribution).

Discovering Forensic Fraud, 112 Northwestern U. L. Rev. 124 (2017) (with Jennifer Oliva).·         featured on Excited Utterance: The Evidence and Proof Podcast, (Sept. 10, 2017), https://www.excitedutterancepodcast.com/listen/2017/9/11/32-jennifer-oliva

Changing the Culture of Disclosure and Forensics, 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 580 (2017).
Voices on Innocence, 68 Fla. L. Rev. 1569 (2017) (with Lucian Dervan, Richard Leo, Meghan Ryan, Gregory Gilchrist, and William Berry).

Introduction to the West Virginia Law Review Flawed Forensics and Innocence Symposium, 119 W. Va. L. Rev. 101 (2016) (symposium organizer). 
Cops in Lab Coats, Forensics in the Courtroom, 13 Ohio St. J. of Crim. L. 543 (2016) (peer-reviewed journal).

Contemporary Perspectives on Wrongful Conviction: An Introduction to the 2016 Innocence Network Conference, San Antonio, 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 2 (2016) (symposium organizer) (with Aliza Kaplan, Keith Findley, and Gwen Jordan). 

Identifying the Culprit in Wrongful Convictions, 82 Tenn. L. Rev. 975 (2015).

Judicial Dismissal in the Interest of Justice, 80 Missouri L. Rev 629 (2015) (lead article); see also http://missourilawreview.blogspot.com/2015/04/motions-to-dismiss-in-interest-of.html (successful motions). 

Contemporary Perspectives on Wrongful Conviction: An Introduction to the 2015 Innocence Network Conference, Orlando, Florida, 3 Tex. A&M L. Rev.179 (2015) (symposium organizer) (with Aliza Kaplan and Robert Schehr). 

Emergence from Civil Death: The Evolution of Expungement in West Virginia, 117 W. Va. L. Rev. Online 63 (2015) (with the Honorable John Michael Aloi, U.S. Magistrate Judge, N.D.W.Va. and Evan Johns).

The Case of Trayvon Martin and the Need for Eyewitness Identification Reform, 90 Denver U. L. Rev. 331 (2013).

Risk and Execution: The Local Impact of Capital Cases on Mississippi Counties, 82 Miss. L. J. 133 (2013).

Ethics and Economics: The Death Penalty in Mississippi, 81 Miss. L. J. 1437 (2012).

Mississippi Initiative 26: Personhood and the Criminalization of Intentional and Unintentional Acts by Pregnant Women, 81 Miss. L. J. Supra 55 (2011), http://mslj.law.olemiss.edu/supra/index.html  (online symposium organizer).

Reframing Asylum Standards for Mutilated Women, 11 J. Gender Race & Just. 239 (2008).

 

Selected Presentations

Prosecuting Opioid Use, Punishing Rurality, invited panelist, Facing Opioids: Drug Enforcement & Health Policy in Today’s Epidemic, Ohio State Law Journal Symposium, Columbus, OH, Oct. 19, 2018.

The Future of the Death Penalty and Capital Litigation, discussant, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 5, 2018.

Drug-Induced Homicide Prosecutions, presentation at CrimFest, Cardozo School of Law, July 17, 2017.

Evidence on Fire, invited faculty colloquium paper presenter at University of Washington School of Law Shefelman Faculty Workshop, Seattle, WA, May 17, 2018.

Drug-Induced Homicide Prosecutions in West Virginia, key-note speaker, Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Seminar, Appreciation Dinner, Glade Springs, WV, May 3, 2018.

Innocence and Science, invited panelist, From The Crime Lab to The Courtroom, Georgia State University Law Review Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6, 2018.

Innocence Scholarship, panel organizer at Innocence Network Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, March 23, 2018.

Criminal Justice in an Epidemic, moderator and panel presenter, West Virginia Law Review 2018 Appalachian Justice Symposium, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV, February 23, 2018.

Death Investigations, work-in-progress presenter, ClassCrits X: Mobilizing for Resistance, Solidarity and Justice, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA, November 10, 2017

The Divide, panel organizer and moderator, Mass Incarceration in Appalachia, Appalachian Justice Initiative, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV, November 1, 2017

Incorporating Developments in Forensic Science and Technology into the Criminal Justice System, discussion group organizer at Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, Florida, August 2, 2018.

Legal Disclosure and Discovery of Forensic Evidence: Comparing Civil and Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science Error Management International Forensics Symposium, Gaithersburg, Maryland, July 27, 2017.

Death Investigations, presentation at CrimFest/AALS Mid-Year Meeting of Criminal Justice Section, American University Washington College of Law, June 12, 2017.

Innocence Scholarship, panel organizer at Innocence Network Conference, San Diego, California, March 24, 2017.

False Confessions in Context, presentation at Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, January 7, 2017.

Developing a Cross-Clinical, Interdisciplinary, Holistic Legal Services Initiative Aimed at Eliminating Re-Entry Barriers for West Virginia Ex-Offenders, presentation at New England Clinical Conference, Boston University Law School, Boston, MA, October 21, 2016.

Innocence Scholarship, panel organizer at Innocence Network Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 8, 2016.

Race and Wrongful Convictions, presentation at Innocence Network Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 8, 2016.

Flawed Forensics & Innocence Symposium, symposium organizer and paper presenter, WVU College of Law, Morgantown, WV, March 3-4, 2016.

Criminal Justice Reform and the Changing Innocence Movement, panel organizer and paper presenter, The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina, November 20, 2015.

Criminal Justice Reform and the Clemency Movement, panel organizer at ClassCrits VIII, University of Tennessee Law School, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 23, 2015.

Innocence Scholarship, panel organizer at Innocence Network Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 2, 2015.

Could Ferguson/NYC/Cleveland Happen Here?, invited moderator for open forum, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, December 9, 2014.

Implicit Racial Bias and Policing, presentation at WVU Race Symposium: Discussion of the Events in Ferguson, Missouri, Morgantown, West Virginia, November 18, 2014.

Andrew Taslitz and the Innocence Revolution, presentation at The Taslitz Galaxy: A Gathering of Scholars at Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., September 19, 2014. 

Judicial Clemency, paper presentation at the University of Minnesota Robina Institute of Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 25, 2014.

How to Start an Innocence Effort, invited panel presentation at Innocence Network Conference, Portland, Oregon, April 11, 2014.

Criminal Justice and Prison Reform in West Virginia, invited presentation at West Virginia University Conference on Educational Justice and West Virginia Prisons, Morgantown, West Virginia, April 5, 2014.

Trayvon Martin, Violence, and Implicit Racial Bias, paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference, University of Baltimore Law School, Baltimore, Maryland, January 24, 2014.

Judicial Clemency in West Virginia and Texas, paper presented at faculty colloquium, University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas, November 7, 2013.

Judicial Clemency in West Virginia and Texas, paper presented at faculty colloquium, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia, October 22, 2013.

Clemency and Criminal Justice, paper presented at the Criminal Justice Roundtable, University of Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 3, 2013.

NAS Report and the Path Forward: Four Years Later, invited panel presentation at Innocence Network Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, April 20, 2013.

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Discussion, invited speaker, University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, April 10, 2012.

Eyewitness Identification: Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Ability to Ensure Accurate Convictions, Panel Moderator and Organizer, Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police Winter Conference, Oxford, Mississippi, Dec. 15, 2011.

Challenging Forensic Evidence and Experts, lecture presented to Mississippi Public Defenders Conference, Choctaw, Mississippi, October 26, 2011.

Fatism and Criminal Justice: Examining Bias Against Defendants, paper presented at the Law & Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, June 3, 2011.

Sexual Violence & the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Guest Lecturer, University of Mississippi Honors College, International Conflict Course (Prof. Megan Shannon, instructor), University, Mississippi, April 25, 2011.

Forum on Mississippi’s Current Medical Examiner Office, Forum Organizer, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, November 4, 2010.

Sexual Violence and Human Rights Law, Guest Presenter, Citizens for Global Solutions Mid-South Annual Meeting, Oxford, Mississippi, April 29, 2010.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Shaping International Law, Guest Lecturer, University of Mississippi Honors College, Introduction to International Law Course (Prof. Megan Shannon, instructor) University, Mississippi, April 28, 2010.

Stopping Dating Violence: Strategies on Campus and in Courts, Invited Campus Speaker, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, November 19, 2009.

Addressing Dating Violence on Campus, Facilitator of Faculty Discussion, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2009.

The Moratorium on the Death Penalty in Illinois, Facilitator for event with speaker Governor George Ryan, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, November 25, 2004.