Making a Murderer Stars to Give Belfast Talk

Defence lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will discuss the criminal justice system plus the effects of the Netflix series' success at Mandela Hall

Legal defence duo Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who shot to fame through Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, are headed to Belfast for a special one-off event later this year.

The Wisconsin lawyers represented Steven Avery throughout the trial seen in the ten-part programme, which has captivated tens of millions across the world since its launch in 2015.

On September 27 the two will be in conversation at Mandela Hall, discussing the 'systemic failures of the criminal justice system', as well as the broader implications of the Avery case. Buting appeared in the city earlier this year as a guest speaker at the European Young Bar Association Spring Conference.

The trials documented in Making a Murder culminated in the sentencing to life in prison of both Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. Each have been the subject of mass media coverage and online speculation in the months since their story went global.

Dean A. Strang is best known for his work as one of Avery's trial lawyers, as well as for his first book, Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow and Justice in a Time of TerrorHis work includes five years as Wisconsin’s first Federal Defender; shareholder in three of the state’s leading criminal defense firms and co-founder of StrangBradley, LLC.

He is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and University of Wisconsin's Division of Continuing Studies. Strang is also a member of the American Law Institute and serves on several charity boards, including the Wisconsin Innocence Project. His second book will be published in early 2018.

Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield, Wisconsin law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

He is a past director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section from 2005 to 2007. His present private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals.

He has defended the citizen accused in many serious high profile trial cases, including Steven Avery and he obtained the reversal of convictions in State of Wisconsin v. Ted Oswald and State of Wisconsin v. Ralph Armstrong (reversing a 25 year old murder conviction). He lectures nationwide and is frequently sought after for his knowledge in the use of expert witnesses and DNA evidence.

Tickets for A Conversation with Dean Strang and Jerry Buting are on sale from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide from Friday, July 22, priced £27.50.