Innocence Project Fundraiser Features Panel on Wrongful Convictions
Leaders in criminal defense and a panel of several of Virginia’s wrongfully convicted men and women will participate in a Virginia Innocence Project Pro Bono Clinic fundraiser Tuesday at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Dean Strang ’85, Jarrett Adams and Jason Flom will lead the discussion at the event in Caplin Pavilion, which includes dinner and is free to attend, though donations are strongly encouraged. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. The suggested donation for students is $10.
Strang was featured on the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” as the attorney for Steven Avery. Currently a shareholder in the criminal defense/personal injury firm he co-founded, StrangBradley, he also teaches a January term course at UVA Law. His past work includes five years as Wisconsin’s first federal defender, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and work as a litigation associate in a large civil law firm.
Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum security prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, he was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. After earning his J.D. in 2015, he started a public interest law fellowship with Ann Claire Williams, judge for the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He now runs his own law firm, specializing in criminal defense and civil rights cases, and advocating on behalf of other wrongfully convicted people.
Flom is founder and CEO of Lava Records and a founding board member of the national Innocence Project. He is the host of the popular podcast “Wrongful Conviction.” He has also served as chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and the Capitol Music Group.
The pro bono clinic, part of the Innocence Project at UVA Law, seeks exoneration for wrongfully convicted people in Virginia. Students who volunteer investigate cases, write briefs, and speak with and visit clients, witnesses and other key people during investigations.
UVA Law Innocence Project directors Deirdre Enright and Jennifer Givens will also attend the event.
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