Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-01-23

Courtroom psychology specialist Saul Kassin will address students at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building.

Dr. Kassin, distinguished professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, will speak on the topic, "Inside Interrogation: Why Innocent People Confess."

He is the author or co-author of Confessions in the Courtroom, The Psychology of Evidence and Trial Procedure, The American Jury on Trial: Psychological Perspectives, and In the Jury Box: Controversies in the Courtroom. 

Kassin's visit is sponsored by Cumberland's Cordell Hull Speakers Forum.

The public is invited free of charge.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.