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.

 

News

  • Wrongful Convictions Clinic client freed after serving nearly 24 years for a crime he didn’t commit /news/wrongful-convictions-clinic-client-freed-after-serving-nearly-24-years-crime-he-didnt-commit/
  • http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/hunt-vigil-displays-his-role-in-community-unity/article_1a286e74-a034-5ed2-b288-a4d90f8fddc7.html Newman: Darryl Hunt "changed hearts and minds about students’ perception of the criminal justice system" Winston-Salem Journal /news/newman-darryl-hunt-changed-hearts-and-minds-about-students-perception-criminal-justice-system/
  • http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article63564927.html Wrongful Convictions Clinic wins freedom for client Howard Dudley, jailed for 24 years News & Observer /news/wrongful-convictions-clinic-client-howard-dudley-be-set-free-after-24-years/
  • http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article63342732.html Evidentiary hearing could lead to release for Wrongful Convictions Clinic client jailed for 24 years News & Observer /news/evidentiary-hearing-could-lead-release-wrongful-convictions-clinic-client-jailed-23-years/
  • http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article58916553.html Coleman raises questions about affidavit in Wrongful Convictions Clinic case News & Observer /news/coleman-raises-questions-about-affidavit-wrongful-convictions-clinic-case/