ND Law School Writer | December 7, 2016
The Innocence Project has returned to Notre Dame Law School. After several years of inactivity, a group of students has reactivated the Innocence Project as a student organization.
The official mission of the Innocence Project, which began at Cardozo School of Law in 1992, is to work toward exonerating the number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. The organization says the project primarily focuses on the use of DNA evidence to conclusively establish the innocence of those it seeks to release.
“The NDLS Innocence Project will afford law students a forum to discuss reforming the criminal justice system responsible for wrongful convictions,” said Professor Jimmy Gurulé, a former federal and state prosecutor, who is the group’s faculty advisor. “Notre Dame students may also have an opportunity to provide legal work on wrongful conviction cases.”
The club at Notre Dame Law School will focus on wrongful conviction education and awareness, while also creating opportunities for students to work on post-conviction, pro-bono cases with licensed attorneys, Gurulé said.