News 02.26.07

Innocence organizations provide hands-on experience for law students nationwide

An article today in

Law Crossing

explores the role of law students at the Innocence Project and at three other members of the

Innocence Network

– the

Arizona Justice Project

,

Georgia Innocence Project

and

California & Hawaii Innocence Project

. All four organizations are clinics affiliated with law schools, where law students, supervised by attorneys, work on actual criminal appeals and filings.

The Innocence Project is affiliated with the

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University

. Teaching assistant and third-year law student Gregory Weiss told

Law Crossing

why he enjoys the working with the Innocence Project:

"It has been the greatest experience of law school, by far…I think many people are in my position where they go to law school because they really want to proactively make a difference, and they think this is a great opportunity to gain the knowledge and the skill to be able to better their community. Having these types of clinics really allows you to do that, as opposed to just have your head buried in textbooks 24 hours a day. So it's been an amazing experience and keeps the inspiration and motivation alive for why I went to law school in the first place."


Read the full story here

. (Law Crossing, 02/26/07)

The Georgia State Legislature has recognized Cliff Williams, a third-year law student at Georgia State University, for his work in freeing Pete Williams, who was wrongly convicted and served more than 22 years.

Read the resolution here

.


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