Access to Justice Confessions, Ethics, and High Publicity in Making a Murderer- C03

Diversity and Inclusion Track
Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Session C: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the Program
The hit Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer introduced millions to the prosecutions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Both were charged, tried, and convicted of killing freelance photographer Teresa Halbach in northeastern Wisconsin in 2005. Aaron Keller, a journalist who covered the cases, is now a Connecticut attorney. Keller analyzes the case from the legal perspective of someone who was there to witness the events first-hand.

You Will Learn

  • How attorneys struggled with—and sometimes exploited—professional conduct scenarios (The review will include a comparison of state rules)
  • How the questionable confession of an intellectually-challenged minor was sold to the public as foolproof, and how the appeals courts have struggled to interpret it
  • How Wisconsin law led to the introduction of evidence that in other states would never have made it before the jury
  • How publicity impacted the cases, and what can (and cannot) be done to remedy it


Aaron Keller, Law & Crime Network, Abrams Media, New York, NY

1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY: 1.0 Ethics)