The Duke Law Innocence Project® is a volunteer student organization that works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence. After completing a careful review according to set criteria and guidelines, the various student teams present their conclusions to the Project leadership and faculty advisers.
The Duke Law Innocence Project looks at wrongful convictions not only on an individual case-by-case basis, but also engages in policy reforms, and outreach to the community in education. The organization also helps its exonerees in their reintegration to society.
Community Outreach Team
This team is in charge of planning events for the Innocence Project. In the fall, the team is planning an speaker event for Wrongful Convictions Day and a Thanksgiving event where we invite all of the exonerees to the Law School. This team also coordinates volunteer opportunities in the Durham community.
Litigating Innocence Team
This team will work on a research project involving reading and analyzing all of the exoneration cases in North Carolina. The team will look at how the court deals with issues related to innocence and will have the opportunity to work closely with Professor Jim Coleman.