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USD School of Law welcomes eyewitness identification expert

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law will host Deah Quinlivan, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Florida Southern College, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17. Quinlivan, who specializes in psychology and law with a specific research emphasis in eyewitness identifications, will present the program, “The Psychology of Eyewitness Identifications.”

Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Education Project, a new student group at USD School of Law, Quinlivan has worked closely with Dr. Gary Wells, the most famous eyewitness expert in the nation, and she personally worked on several trials, including the Troy Anthony Davis appeals case to the Supreme Court. Additionally, Quinlivan has received several awards and written for several publications.

The Criminal Justice Education Project at USD promotes education about the criminal justice system for future public defenders, prosecutors and practicing attorneys. The group provides educational materials and speakers on research areas in the psychology law, criminal justice and legal fields.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News