News 01.29.13

Innocence Project Co-Founders Honored with New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal

Innocence Project Co-Founders and Co-Directors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld received the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor, following its 136th Annual Meeting at the President’s Dinner on January 26.


The award is given to individuals who exhibit lifelong excellence in the legal profession and unparalleled civic contributions. Scheck and Neufeld became involved in studying and litigating issues concerning the use of forensic DNA testing early in their careers and jointly founded the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1992.


In 2012, they celebrated the Innocence Project’s 20th anniversary and the nation’s 300th DNA exoneration.



New York State Bar Association

and the Innocence Project have a history of working together to strengthen the criminal justice system and prevent wrongful convictions. Their joint recommendations to improve the way police conduct interrogations and identification procedures were recently endorsed by Governor Cuomo in his state of the state address.


Read more from the NYSBA’s press release



Read more about

New York State criminal justice reforms



Watch a

video interview with Scheck and Neufeld

for the Innocence Project’s 20th Anniversary.

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