Clinical Professor of Law
Supervising Attorney, Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility
Jamie Lau is an associate clinical professor of law, supervising attorney for the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and faculty adviser to the Innocence Project. Lau also co-teaches a seminar on wrongful conviction. Lau’s law practice includes representing inmates asserting innocence in state and federal court. He has played a role in several exonerations, including that of Wrongful Convictions Clinic client Howard Dudley in May 2016, after nearly 24 years of wrongful incarceration.
Previously, Lau worked for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, where he investigated post-conviction claims of innocence and served as lead investigator in the case of State v. Kenneth Kagonyera. Following the NCIIC investigation, Mr. Kagonyera and four co-defendants were exonerated by the courts for their alleged role in a murder. Notably, all five defendants in the Kagonyera case had pleaded guilty, which Lau says highlights the great pressure defendants face to accept plea deals even when they are innocent .
Lau earned his JD, cum laude, from Duke Law School. He has a BA in Economics, with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. Before entering law school, Lau taught middle school mathematics in New York City and earned an MS in Secondary Mathematics Education from Lehman College.
Lau is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. He is also a member of the bars for all federal district courts in North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Lau is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.