On November 12, 2015, Jenner & Block Partners Gabriel A. Fuentes, Terri L. Mascherin and Thomas P. Sullivan will speak at a day-long conference hosted by the Northwestern University Law School Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Wrongful Convictions. From 1-2:15 pm, Mr. Fuentes will be a panelist in a session on “Developments in Forensic Science and Challenging Admissibility of Suspect Science.” Nationally renowned for his work challenging bite-mark evidence and other questionable expert testimony, Mr. Fuentes will discuss Frye/Daubert admissibility standards. From 2:30-4 pm, Ms. Mascherin and Mr. Sullivan will join a panel entitled “The Juan Rivera Tragedy: False Confession Versus Scientific Truth.” The panel will examine the case of Mr. Rivera, whom the firm represented on a pro bono basis after he was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl. The firm worked in partnership with the Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Wrongful Convictions, and Mr. Rivera was released from prison in January 2012. Last year, DNA evidence from the case was matched to evidence from a separate murder that occurred years later. Mr. Rivera will also join the panel, discussing the personal toll of the wrongful conviction on him and his 20-year battle for freedom. The Symposium will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Lincoln Hall.
Mr. Fuentes is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Antitrust Litigation, and Media and First Amendment Practices. He counsels clients in the areas of white collar defense and investigations, antitrust litigation and media and First Amendment issues. He draws on a varied background including time as a federal prosecutor and professional journalist.
Ms. Mascherin is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation; International Arbitration; and Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practices. She represents businesses in disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses and contracts. She is a Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and, in 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, considered the premier professional trial organization in North America.
Mr. Sullivan, a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, has handled civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation for more than 55 years. He has argued numerous cases in the Illinois state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal district courts and courts of appeal.