McGeorge School of Law

Mike Belote Endowed Capital Lecture Picking Cotton

The 2014 Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture featured a lecture and discussion with the authors of the New York Times best-selling book on the criminal justice system “Picking Cotton.” In a story that is both compelling and uplifting, this lecture and discussion explored where the criminal justice system helped the witness “get it wrong”. Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton provided a riveting narrative of misidentification that results in a miscarriage of justice. Thompson and Cotton presented a deeply personal account that raises critical policy questions relating to witness identification in the criminal justice system. Read an article about the lecture and view a slideshow of photos.

Date Time and Place

Dec. 10, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the Sutter Club, California Room in Sacramento Calif.


The Mike Belote Endowed Capital Center Lecture was made possible by a generous donation from Mike Belote, ’87, President of California Advocates, Inc. and longtime McGeorge alumni donor and volunteer. Mr. Belote’s gift was matched by the University of the Pacific Powell Fund.