Wrongful Convictions Clinic

As a former prosecutor and judge, I know that no honorable prosecutor seeks the conviction of the innocent, but such convictions do occur, nonetheless. A university law school like ours has a unique responsibility and opportunity to address such problems, to increase public awareness of them and to assist those who are wronged by flaws in the system."
- Duke Law Dean David Levi

 

Wrongful Convictions Clinic

The Wrongful Convictions Clinic investigates claims of innocence made by incarcerated felons. Clinic students study the causes of wrongful convictions - mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, faulty forensic evidence, “jailhouse snitches” - and, together with the Duke Law Innocence Project, a student organization with the same mission, manage cases and perform a wide range of duties, including interviewing the inmates, locating and interviewing witnesses, gathering documentation, writing legal documents and memos, and working with experts.  Most clinic cases do not involve DNA.