CLE: The Ethics and Causes of Wrongful Conviction


Course instructor and IPMN board member, Steve Kaplan.

About the Instructor

Steven Kaplan is a senior of counsel attorney at Fredrikson & Byron where he concentrates his practice on tax litigation, business and commercial litigation, and white collar criminal and regulatory agency defense. Steve is a longtime CLE writer and lecturer and board member of IPMN. He was a member of the legal team that successfully secured the release and exoneration of Damon Thibodeaux, a death row inmate who served 15 years in Louisiana’s infamous Angola prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder in 1997.

About the Course

This course explores the ethical obligations that prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers have to prevent the wrongful conviction of the actually innocent. It examines the professional obligations that prosecutors and defense counsel have under prevailing ABA standards, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Supreme Court decisions applicable to serious criminal case prosecutions. The course also outlines the known causes of wrongful convictions, why they occur either purposely or inadvertently, and what can be done to prevent them.


A Story of Wrongful Conviction



What our Course Participants are Saying

“Steve Kaplan’s personal accounts about representing persons wrongfully convicted, along with his keen observations about the problems facing our criminal justice system, are exceptionally thought-provoking and insightful. His presentation left an indelible impression upon all who attended. I highly recommend this program for anyone in the legal profession. You will leave much more informed about the challenges facing our criminal justice system and will never view it the same way again.”
– Jim Altman, Xcel Energy – Vice President and Deputy General Counsel


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