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Wrongful Conviction 2017: Litigating Exoneration Cases

Friday December 08

  • By: Practising Law Institute
  • Time: 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Practising Law Institute - New York Center and Live Webcast
    1177 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY
  • Contact:
    Cia de Lawrence
    Practising Law Institute
  • Website:

The conviction of innocent individuals is among the issues getting increased attention as our nation looks more closely at our criminal justice system. While there are a number of ways individuals can be wrongly convicted, successfully reversing a conviction is incredibly difficult. This is an area where competent legal representation can make a big difference and where there are myriad opportunities for lawyers interested in providing pro bono legal services. Many of the recent DNA and non-DNA exonerations have occurred as a result of work from innocence organizations in collaboration with pro bono partners.

What You Will Learn
• The contributing causes of wrongful conviction and how to recognize these issues
• Using DNA to show innocence
• Post-conviction re-investigation and fact development

This program is designed for lawyers who advocate post-conviction claims of innocence or who are interested in getting involved in this area. Prisoners' rights advocates, as well as lawyers or law students considering pro bono representation or who want to hear about the legal issues that arise in connection with exoneration work will find this program especially valuable.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE-NY Credits Credit Status: Approved Transitional: Newly admitted NY attorneys CAN earn ethics, professional practice, and law practice management credits CANNOT earn skills credits in this format. See exceptions for attorneys outside US. Total Credits: 2.00 Professional Practice: 2.00

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Jellisa Joseph, Esq.,
Closing the Gap 

Ms. Joseph is a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Closing the Gap program. She began volunteering with Closing the Gap at the commencement of this year and has assisted unrepresented litigants almost each month thereafter. Read More

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