Innocence and Justice Clinic

State law allows agencies to collect DNA from those arrested

A state law that took effect Tuesday allows law-enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples from people arrested on certain serious felony and misdemeanor charges. Continue reading »

Faculty News and Notes Winter 2011

Following is the most recent roundup of Wake Forest University School of Law’s faculty research, publications, presentations, honors and awards. Continue reading »

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Professor Carol Turowski to participate in ‘Government Criminal Justice and Public Safety Day’ on Dec. 8

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Carol Turowski has been invited by Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines to participate in the “Leadership Winston-Salem 2010 Government Criminal Justice and Public Safety Day” on Dec. 8. Continue reading »

Poole case to be studied

Law-school students working with Wake Forest University’s Innocence and Justice Clinic are investigating the innocence claim of a former Winston-Salem man who has been convicted twice of killing his lover’s husband in South Carolina. Read the full story »

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John Grisham advises future lawyers to make sure clients get fair trials

Get your client a fair trial.

That was just one of the messages that New York Times best-selling author and lawyer John Grisham wanted students at the Wake Forest University School of Law to take away from Tuesday’s panel discussion about “Innocence and Justice.” Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic co-director files brief supporting inmates with legitimate claims of innocence

Professor Carol Turowski, co-director of the Wake Forest University School of Law Innocence and Justice Clinic, moderated a press conference on Monday where criminal defense attorneys, respected academics, crime victims and several of the wrongly convicted gathered in downtown Raleigh to ask that North Carolina reexamine the way death sentences are handed down. Continue reading »

Cherokee youth explore law careers

Twenty high school students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians had the opportunity to explore careers in law during the College Careers and Technology (C-CAT) program at Wake Forest University July 19-21. Continue reading »

Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, helps commemorate the passage of the N.C. Racial Justice Act

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas after serving 12 years in prison for arson. The fire, which caused the death of his three young daughters, was an accident, The New Yorker recently reported. Continue reading »

Expert to discuss racially charged capital murder case Friday, April 16

The Wake Forest University School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic will host Albany University School of Law Professor Paul Finkleman, who will discuss “Guilty Until Posthumously Pardoned: Reversing the South Carolina Murder Convictions,” on Friday, April 16.

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Stephen Bright, panel to discuss race and the death penalty on March 31

The Wake Forest Innocence & Justice Clinic is pleased to announce that Wake Forest University School of Law has been selected as one of five sites in North Carolina to host a national tour that explores the complex issues involving race and the death penalty in America. Continue reading »