THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT THE C A LIFORNIA INNO CENCE PRO JEC T TURN S 10! From the Director A Decade to Remember As I write this letter we are celebrating our eighth exoneration and dismissal of I t has been 10 years since the California Innocence Project’s birth in a small second floor office at California Western School of Law. At that time, the project had one full time employee (CIP Director Justin Brooks), one part-time employee (CIP Program murder charges against William Richards who has served 15 years of wrongful incarceration. I am reminded that our Administrator Kimberly Hernandez), and the generous assistance of a legendary simple concept 10 years ago has again California Western law professor (Professor Jan Stiglitz). changed lives, although that concept has In its 10 years of operation, the California Innocence Project has added four additional certainly evolved with each new idea from students, staff, and our incredible staff positions while more than 100 clinical students and dozens of work study students range of volunteers. Every year it is sad for and volunteers reviewed more than 18,000 requests for assistance from California me to see another class of students go, but every inmates. Out of those requests hundreds of cases have been investigated and many of August I am excited to start working with a new those cases have been filed in various courts throughout the state. As a result of the group who will bring new ideas, commitment, and Project’s efforts eight innocent men, with a combined total of more than 100 years of energy, and who will forever be a part of the project. After 10 years I’m feeling nostalgic to reconnect wrongful incarceration, have been exonerated. As the Project continues to move forward with all of the characters who have made CIP a part of through the next decade, hopes for continued success are high, as the staff and students their lives. I invite you to return to us for our 10-year of the California Innocence Project pursue justice on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. anniversary celebrations, particularly if we have not seen or heard from you in a while. I guarantee it will be a good time. And, even if you think you are too old for a Facebook account, I invite you to join the CIP A PRO BONO Partnership group so you can reconnect with all of your old friends. Thank you to all of you for being a part of CIP, for being a part of my life, and your devotion to helping IP has benefitted from This past fall, two interns C a wide variety of vol- unteers. The San Diego from High Tech High School Media Arts completed an to free the wrongfully convicted. All the best, office of Latham & Watkins internship at CIP where Justin has been particularly gen- they compiled a resource erous with their pro bono guide to all of the CA state work. Over the past year, prisons for law students 25 attorneys and numerous preparing inmate visits. summer associates have “I do it to help free the reviewed case files for CIP client as well as to be in- looking for claims of inno- vigorated by the boundless do it with energy and a cence. While the majority of energy of the students.” smile on their face. The CIP's law student volunteers “I have been working as students are a critical com- come from Cal Western, a volunteer lawyer with ponent of the project, and we've also had a volunteers the California Innocence the many successes the from several other law Project for five years. It has Project has had in freeing schools including Harvard, been an extremely reward- the innocent stem directly Cornell, University of San ing experience to work not from the involvement of Diego, Loyola Law School only on behalf of our clients, these remarkable young (Los Angeles), and Thomas but also to work with the people. It has been a privi- Jefferson. Invaluable help students. The students have lege to work for the clients, has also come from a retired uniformly been enthusiastic, and with all of the other federal defender office hard working, talented and members of CIP. I do it to director, a retired appellate extremely imaginative in help free the client as well attorney, and a retired prison the ways they go about as to be invigorated by the warden, who provide their handling the cases, writing boundless energy of the years of experience to on legal issues and finding students. They give me a helping the clinic students witnesses. No matter what wonderful sense of opti- with their cases. Also, each tasks they are asked to do, Clockwise from top: Ken Marsh, Jason Kindle, mism for the future of our summer CIP hosts two un- e.g., stake out a location John Stoll, and Tim Atkins. profession.” dergraduates in an exchange all night or shuttle witnesses -Mario Conte, former program with Birmingham back and forth from the Director of Federal De- For information on Pro Bono opportunities City University (England). airport at 1:00 a.m., they fenders of San Diego, Inc. contact Jeff Chinn at firstname.lastname@example.org CIP ALUMNI NEWS Project Expands Its Mission n CIP alumni are Within the Law School doing good things all over the country. Our ince its inception, one Stiglitz, Jeff Chinn, Alex portunity not often found problems but also to im- former clinic students are on both sides of S of the California Inno- cence Project’s goals was Simpson, and local attor- neys and forensic experts in other class work. And, their participation helps plement their proposed solutions in the partici- the criminal law podium. Several are to provide an educational from the San Diego com- to bring the inmates’ pating agency. In this working for the San Diego County Public program geared toward munity teach the course quests for exoneration way, students get a sense Defenders (Jessica producing outstanding, to over 40 law students. that much closer. of the many challenges Marshall, Solomon ethical, and justice-seek- The course covers a Finally, each participat- faced by attorneys in Chang, Lorenda Stern, Kasia Donahue, Brian ing attorneys. Through a multitude of topics relevant ing student is given an post-conviction work, McNeil, Paul Parisi), rigorous interview process, to post-conviction inno- assignment — to identify, and the Project may be Orange County (Sara each year the Project’s cence litigation including research, and advance a able to advance some Ross), Riverside County (Kathleen staff selects 12 CWSL stu- eyewitness identification, challenge to our current long-needed reform in the Pedro) and Imperial dents to participate in confessions, medical evi- criminal justice system criminal justice community. County (Ben Warren the clinical aspect of the dence, DNA evidence, that would result in “Prior to participating and Mary Ott). On the prosecutorial side, CIP Project. As of late, other ineffective assistance of meaningful change to the in the Wrongful Convic- is represented in San Cal Western students counsel, and prosecutorial system and reduce the tions Seminar, I did not Diego (Chris Lawson, have only had the oppor- and police misconduct. likelihood that innocent really believe investiga- Lara Easton), Salt Lake City (Lindsay tunity to limited partici- Under the supervision of defendants are convicted tion procedures in our Jarvis), Riverside pation on a volunteer CIP staff each student in in the future. Topics criminal justice system County (Meghan basis. Until now! the class gets to engage range from drafting and were flawed. But, when I Salmans) and Denver (Ashley Augustin). This past fall, the Cali- in the process of review- introducing legislation to witnessed, first-hand, in Alreen Haequist and fornia Innocence Project ing an innocence case and the state legislature to class, how easy it is to er- Farzeen Essa are both expanded its scope to in- drafting a memo evaluat- more grassroots efforts to roneously identify a per- founding board mem- bers of the Girls Think clude a Wrongful Convic- ing the possibility of pur- get local authorities to son in a ‘six pack’ photo Tank, a charitable tions Seminar, open to all suing the case. This is an adopt less suggestive line-up, I quickly changed organization that has 2L and 3L students at opportunity for students photo identification pro- my mind.” been providing services to the homeless in California Western School to work on real cases with cedures. Students are - Morgan Teague, 3L San Diego. Lindsay of Law. Justin Brooks, Jan real defendants, an op- asked to not only identify Herf is Director of the DNA Testing Assistance Program at the Arizona Justice Project in Phoenix. The Program is a collaboration with the Arizona Attorney Freeing the Innocent Goes Global! General. On the family front, Lisa Saucerman uring 2008, The California Innocence Project in new judicial procedures, and has developed new just gave birth to her fourth child. After completing a federal D was asked to host visits from attorneys from all over the world who are in the United States under legal technologies to address the reform process sweeping the Americas. Bringing the casework clerkship in Washing- ton, D.C., Jake Green- the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Some experience of the California Innocence Project, well-Grillot returns to of the countries represented included Iraq, Iran, and the training mission of Proyecto ACCESO, CIP San Diego with a baby daughter. Many others South Korea, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkey, and China. Director Justin Brooks and Professor Cooper, along are working in large The visiting attorneys, which included judges, with Chilean lawyers and law students, will operate and small law firms or government officials, and public interest attorneys, the first project in Latin America dedicated to working on their own solo practice. were interested in success of the Project and wanted freeing the innocent. to learn exactly how the clinic program works. ¡Inocente! will seek the release of factually “I was impressed with the men and women’s innocent prisoners using DNA and other forensic background knowledge of the Project, as well as tools; train lawyers; and, work on law reform issues their eagerness to ask detailed questions about the related to wrongful convictions. obstacles we face when investigating cases,” said Chile has been chosen as the first site for the the Project’s Associate Director Jeff Chinn. project because of its success in implementing Chinn discussed the underlying factors of new criminal procedure reforms across the country. wrongful convictions and explained the flaws in With oral trials, a more transparent judicial process, the criminal justice system on both sides of the and new technologies for investigation, Chile n “In 2002, I had the so-called fence. He also commented that the continues to be a leader in the region. pleasure of being a international representatives were often shocked part of the California at the flaws, particularly concerning interrogations For more information about becoming involved with Innocence Project's second year of exis- and eyewitness identifications. ¡Inocente!, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org tence. This was an ex- Since 1998, CWSL Professor Jamie Cooper’s Or visit our soon to be up and running website at tremely emotional program, Proyecto ACCESO, has trained over 2000 www.programainocente.com experience and caused me to have legal professionals in 15 countries in Latin America many different feel- ings. I felt sad and angry knowing that Continued on next page THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT CIP E X ONE REE S ARE M O VING O N... Life After Exoneration Building A Future clinic. Her tenacity carried the case forward outside medical expert to review all the ev- The day after his release, Adam Riojas met through the next three years of her life. idence. with then CIP student Ben Warren (class of Through Wendy’s efforts and the help of When San Diego District Attorney Bon- ‘03) at California Western and told him, the clinic students who followed her, Jake nie Dumanis learned of her expert’s opin- “you saved my life.” Adam Riojas was con- Greenwell-Grillot (CIP class of ‘06) and ion, she asked the court to grant Marsh’s victed of murdering a man, a murder Alissa Bjerkhoel (CIP class of ‘07), the Proj- habeas corpus petition, and dismissed the Adam’s dying father later confessed to ect successfully presented Atkins’ claim of charges against Marsh. committing. Ben worked tirelessly on prov- innocence to Los Angeles Superior Court On August 10, 2004, after spending 21 ing Adam’s innocence during his time as a Judge Michael Tynan. On February 9, years in prison, Ken Marsh was a free man. clinic student and beyond. In the end, Ben 2007, after 20 years in prison, Timothy “I learned never to give up hope,” Marsh was successful in gathering enough facts Atkins was declared an innocent man. said. Someone else who never gave up that proved Adam’s innocence and linked Atkins was only 18 years old when his hope was Brenda Buell. During Marsh’s in- Adam’s father to the murder. On Tuesday, nightmare began. Now Tim is 41, and his carceration, Brenda’s hope for justice and April 27, 2004, Adam Riojas walked out of life is just beginning. her love for Ken never died. In October of prison, 13 years after his wrongful conviction. On December 6, 2007, Timothy Atkins 2004, Ken and Brenda married. Today, While in prison, Adam worked as a Jr. Was born. “He is my purpose, now. I Ken and Brenda continue to pick up the Spanish interpreter for his fellow inmates have to make this world a better place for pieces of their past, and are enjoying their during religious services. Today, Adam is an him. I don’t want my son to grow up and new life together in Colorado. Outreach Pastor at Calvary Chapel in fall into the same lifestyle I did. I won’t let Oceanside, California. Echoing the words that happen.” Having earned his certifica- Finally Finding Peace of Los Angeles County Deputy District tion in Gang Prevention, he works for a John Stoll was convicted of multiple counts Attorney, Renee Meckler, who said, “this non-profit organization where he counsels of molestation during the infamous Bakers- inmate is the most impressive I’ve ever disadvantaged youths, “Most of these kids field Witch Hunt in 1985. Stoll’s legal seen,” Adam continues to help others. see themselves as gang members and team consisted of attorneys from both the “I am blessed,” Adam maintains. nothing more. I am teaching them to see California and Northern California Inno- Prior to being convicted, Adam was a themselves as lawyers, athletes, or who- cence Projects. Together, at Stoll’s hearing, real estate agent. Since regaining his free- ever they really want to be.” Atkins believes the Projects presented the alleged victims, dom, he has literally built a career in con- that if he can make a positive difference in now adults, who testified that they had been struction. In 2007, Adam and his crew the life of one young person, and save coerced by investigators 20 years earlier. completed work on his first investment them from a life in prison, then, in the end, On May 4, 2004, John Stoll walked out project, a $2 million house, located in Fall- his own life will have meant something. of prison a free man after Kern County Su- brook, California. perior Court Judge John Kelly declared him Picking Up the Pieces Together innocent. CIP class of ‘04 students A New Life and A New Path In 1983, Ken Marsh was convicted of mur- Christina Utley and Lindsay Jarvis assisted From the first day she read Tim Atkins’ case dering his girlfriend, Brenda Buell’s, two- the attorneys in pre-hearing preparation file, CIP student, Wendy Koen (class of ‘05), and-one half year old son who suffered and the hearing itself, “We are so lucky to knew he was innocent, “I felt it in my heart. head injuries from a fall. CIP students Lisa have the opportunity, as students, to see our I knew I was going to get him out of prison.” Saucerman (class of ‘02) and Marguerite hard work result in justice being served.” Tim Atkins was convicted of murder in 1987. Cahill (class of ‘04) assisted attorney Tracy John’s story can be seen in the 2008 His conviction weighed heavily on the tes- Emblem in uncovering evidence that proved documentary Witch Hunt, which premiered timony of one witness. “She just didn’t Marsh’s innocence. The California Inno- in the U.S. at the AFI Film Festival in Los sound truthful, I don’t understand how a cence Project, along with Emblem, filed a Angeles, California. The film’s executive jury ever believed her,” Wendy contended. petition for writ of habeas corpus on producer and narrator is actor Sean Penn. Like most of the Project’s cases, the investi- Marsh’s behalf in October 2002 seeking a gation and fact gathering process extended new trial. At the Project’s request, the San well beyond Wendy’s time in the year-long Diego District Attorneys Office hired an CIP ALUMNI NEWS William Richards’ Conviction Reversed Continued there were innocent ugust 10, 2009,16 Richards. This evidence someone employed by nandez (who helped un- people locked up be- hind bars; frustrated and confused by a A years to the day after the murder of Pamela countered the prosecu- tion’s claim that no one the County. The prosecu- tion claimed that a tuft of cover critical evidence), Alex Simpson (who as- system that allows it Richards, San Bernardino other than Richards or his 15 light-blue fibers were sisted in every phase of to happen; while at the same time happy, County Judge Brian wife were at their home found in a tear in the vic- the litigation), Jeff Chinn, excited and anxious to McCarville granted the on the night of the murder. tim’s fingernail. According Alissa Bjerkhoel, Mario do something about it California Innocence During the Richards to the prosecution, the Conte (who provided his and not sit by and watch. Project’s request to reverse trial, evidence was pre- fibers matched those of the amazing trial talents), at- I gathered daily the murder conviction of sented indicating that a shirt Richards was wearing torneys Nancy Rosenfeld with eleven other stu- her husband William “bite mark” on the victim’s the night of the murder. and Chris Plourd, and all dents from com- pletely different Richards. Finding that new hand could have only come However, members of the of the students who backgrounds and with evidence points “unerringly from Richards or two per- Project discovered that worked on the case over completely different to innocence,” Richards’s cent of the population. photos taken just after the the years including Jevon personalities. We spent hours together 1997 conviction of However, the testimony victim’s autopsy clearly Hatcher, John Nielsen, in the hopes of mak- murdering his wife in provided by the bite mark showed no such fibers in Lance Banks, Wendy ing a difference in the their Hesperia, Calif., expert was based on in- the fingernail. After the Koen, Ashley Augustin, lives of people who had the misfortune of home was thrown out. complete information autopsy, the victim’s fin- Brian McNeal, Mary Ott, being imprisoned for Richards was convicted and poor photos. Experts gers were severed and sent and Noel Walker and a crime they did not for the 1993 murder obtained by the Project to a county criminalist for Derek Vandeviver (who commit. We were led by after two trials ended in were able to correct the review. Sometime after met working on this case Justin Brooks and Jan hung juries. The reversal distortion in the photo- that, the fibers appeared. and are now happily mar- Stiglitz who brought marks the successful graphs and testify that “It is impossible to ried). Of course, congrat- balance to the group. Brooks made sure we conclusion to an eight Richards could not have mention all of the people ulations to my partner Jan understood that we year-long process. In 2001, been the person respon- who have worked on be- Stiglitz who did an out- were the last chance Richards contacted the sible for the “bite mark.” half of seeking William standing job as always as the wrongfully impris- oned had in seeing California Innocence The California Inno- Richards’ freedom over lead counsel in the habeas justice prevail. And, Project at California cence Project also argued the years, but I certainly hearing. Congrats to Stiglitz made sure we Western School of Law. that fiber evidence may want to recognize CIP everyone!” – Justin Brooks understood that even though the project's He maintained his inno- have been falsified by staff members Kim Her- clients never paid a cence in the murder and penny for our serv- sought the Project’s help ices, the quality of work always had to be as though we were in requesting a reversal of his conviction. Contribute to the Project providing services to Jan Stigltiz, Professor at the wealthiest of YES! I am interested in making a donation to the California Innocence Project clients. California Western and in the following amount: I am very thankful Co-Director of the Cali- for my experience o $500 o $250 o $100 o $50 o $25 Other $ fornia Innocence Project with the CIP. The CIP thought me how to be argued successfully in his Will this gift be matched? o Yes o No a real counselor by closing that the case was Name of Employer/Matching Organization listening to people’s purely circumstantial. legal injustices and trying to remedy the “Other than the fact Your Name situation by believing that Richards came home in them, even though and found his wife, there Address o Home o Business the rest of the system had already given up was no evidence linking City State Zip hope.” him to the crime. These Today, Alreen is a cases are hard to win,” Country partner in her own firm Zeldes & Haeg- said Stiglitz. “But if you gquist, LLP. After get a judge like McCarville Home Telephone opening their doors in who is willing to take a July of 2007, they fresh look at the evidence, Business Telephone quickly outgrew their old space and moved then wrongful convictions in to a fantastic 5 of- Fax can be corrected.” fice suite in the his- toric Torbati Building The California Innocence E-mail at Sixth & Broadway, Project obtained new DNA in the heart of the testing on the murder Payment Options Gaslamp district downtown in fall of weapon. Test results re- o I will send a check, made payable to California Innocence Project to: 2008. Zeldes & Haeg- vealed that an unidentified 225 Cedar St., San Diego, CA, 92101 (Please send me a reminder) gquist, LLP specializes male held the murder in Business Litigation, o I will pay by credit card o Visa o Mastercard o American Express o Discover Employment Disputes, weapon and struggled and Class Action Liti- Name on the card with the victim. DNA gation. testing on hair from under Number the victim’s fingernails also pointed to another Expiration date *CVV Code: person other than *3 digit code found on signature strip on V/MC/D and 4 digit code on front of AMEX Alumni Memories Professor Jan Stiglitz & his daughter Under the leadership of Co-coach/Players Justin Brooks and CIP Class of 2003-2004 End of the Year Samantha enjoying CIP’s Annual Jeff Chinn, CIP basketball team four-peated as intermural Party at Stiggy’s. Dodgeball Tournament. champions in Fall 2008. Loan Shillinger, CIP Class of 2002-2003, practicing CIP Work Study Romance Come Class of 2007-2008 “Team Brooks” keeps smiling after law in Hawai’i and rubbing elbows with the True! 2007 Interns Paul and Gabby falling to “Team Stiglitz” in the class retreat bowling match. President in 2008 on his road to the White House. welcomed a daughter, Apollonía María Ingram, on July 22, 2009. CIP Class of 2006-2007 CIP Class of 2005-2006 with Exoneree John Stoll CIP Class of 2002-2003 with Exonerees representing CIP at the at the premiere of Actual Innocence. Jason Kindle and Ray Krone. Annual OB Holiday Parade. Alumni Trivia: Year 2006: Who gave Where are you? CIP Classes the presentation on this day in class? 2000-2009 we want to keep in Email your answer to email@example.com. touch! Please sign up on Face- The first person to respond correctly book and visit our California In- will receive a special prize! nocence Project Alumni page or email Jeff Chinn at firstname.lastname@example.org Chantelle L. Dickie David D. Bowers IRON KEYS ($-$999) KEYS TO FREEDOM Brandon L. Abbott Jay I. Aboudi Hilary I. Boyer Lori K. Boyle Katherine S. DiDonato Paul J. Dillon Abigail L. Dixon Adriane R. Bracciale Scarlett Adebot Deborah S. Dixon Daniel J. Brast Alisa C. Admiral Christine Dobbins The California Innocence Project is a regis- Patricia Alaniz Mark Brast Donna's Coffee Cart Bill Bray tered 501(c)(3) California non-profit organi- Jennifer A. Alewelt Kasia S. Donohue Breeden & Herbe, LTD Elizabeth L. Allen Michael D. Douglas zation. Your financial support is the key to Carmen Brigandi Jill D. Allen Alison L. Doyle Ruth Briscoe Timothy L. Allen Mary L. Doyle the continuation of our mission to seek free- Jessica Almanza Kendall P. Brower Angela Drake Janine D. Brown dom for those people whose lives have been Katie Amarillas Kimberly A. Buchanan Erich A. Drotleff Kathy Ambruso Kenneth M. Druck condemned to an unjust existence behind Shira Amor Petra M. Buhlmayer Michael J. Drummond Heather L. Burke bars. We would like to thank the following Yvonne D. Amrine Scott Dudek Marie Burke Joshua C. Anaya Pamela Duffy donors for their continued support... Dana R. Burris Michelle A. Anaya Shaun P. Dunning Sandra Buteau Gerald R. Anderson Kenneth Dydo Shelene Butler Robert J. Apostolos Laralee E. Easton Jessica N. Byers DIAMOND KEYS ($100,000+) Todd D. Archer Robert W. Easton Dianne Cag Susan L. Arnett Andrew Eibel The Eagles Stephanie M. Asous Christine Cahill Floralynn Einesman Calvert Social- Huggy Bear Foundation Ashley M. Augustin G. K. Ellis Investment Foundation Craig Augustin Raymond Enix Office of Criminal Justice Planning Carmine Calzonetti Karen Augustin Merielle Enriquez Kathy Calzonetti Mark Augustin Eric James Olsen for the State of California Anna Avendano Nicole Camomile Enterprises, Inc. Arthur W. Campbell Roberta Caravelli Estate Barbie Ayala Kelly G. Cardon Megan T. Erickson Dorothy R. Ayer Farzeen F. Essa United States Department of Justice Samantha Baab Mark S. Carlson Jared L. Evans Lora M. Carpenter Mark T. Bailey Ryan Fanhood Linda C. Carrillo Adrianne W. Baker AnnaMarie F. Farrales PLATINUM KEYS ($50,000 - $99,999) Andrea K. Castaneda Phyllis F. Baker Michael H. Fasel Justine Cephus Tristan Baker Kathryn S. Fehrman Susan A. Channick Lance D. Banks Jack Feldman Elizabeth A. Charlick GOLD KEYS ($25,000 - $49,999) Sylvia Banks Candis R. Ferguson Ralph C. Chermak Raquel Barilla Catherine Ferguson The Joseph F. Walsh Foundation Meredith L. Barnett Becki C. Cherry Michael P. Ferrara Richelle A. Ching Nori Barr Ryan R. Fick Jeffrey G. Chinn Jenna L. Barsamian Jessica K. Fink SILVER KEYS ($15,000 - $24,999) Victoria L. Chinsee Estee M. Bartell Leah K. Finke Doh S. Choi Richard Bartell Craig W. Finkey Greenville Foundation James D. Bartha Patricia A. Christopherson Richard J. Finkmoore Kevin Churchill Thomas D. Barton Albert J. Fiorella Laurie Clark BRONZE KEYS ($1,000 - $14,999) Jessica S. Baruch First Unitarian Louise Clark William Aceves Angela A. Bassett Universalist Church Jaclyn Claros Active Voice Joyce Bassett Franki Fitterer Clipson & Osterloh Paul Batta Marian Fitterer Alumni/Development Department at CWSL A Professional Psych Alexander T. Bauer Mitchell Fleischmann Delores Alleyne Robert C. Coates Sarah B. Bear Philip H. Flickinger Gilbert Benninger Eric M. Cogan Marc A. Beard Ming-Hua Fong Beyster Family Foundation Fund Robert P. Cogan Bradley S. Beherns Adam J. Ford A. Craig Blakey Gabriel L. Cohan Marguerite Behrens Mark Forster Kay W. Cohn Justin Brooks Melinda S. Bell Ronda Franke Lisa D. Cole Christopher Burns Laurence A. Benner Joshua J. Franklin Helene C. Colin Peter Carpenter Shanna Benson Peggy M. French Debra R. Compton Cindy Cole Georgene Berg Meredith Friedman Theresa M. Conley Community Foundation Peter Berg Chris Frost Elizabeth Connolly Richard Berg Justine E. Fuller United Jewish Federation Michael Connolly Andrew Berk Jessica M. Gard Mario G. Conte Doris Coop Carmen Berry Adam R. Garibaldi Euphemia Davis James M. Cooper Joan M. Berry Tara Gaston June S. Ewing Marilyn Cornell Flavia C. Berys Richard W. Gates Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Nathalia Cota Alice M. Bettencourt Leslie Gaunt Jessica L. Coto Murray L. Galinson Huy M. Betz Nancy Geiss Barbara J. Cox Christine A. Gritzmacher Heather L. Beugen Alisa L. Geller Caven M. Cox Las Patronas Robert J. Beugen Aaron R. Giron Eric Cramer Tom Lehrer Robert J Beugen LTD Shannon M. Glasser David R. Crowell Little Flower Fund Laura J. Biddle Elizabeth A. Gobeski Michael L. Crowley Rick Billings Kathryn Goelzer Brenda Marsh Heidi Cruise Whitney A. Bindreiff Mayra Gonzalez Kenneth Marsh Frank Cuccinotta James Binnall Barbara Gore Donna D. Melby Brent M. Cunningham Matthew C. Binninger Gregory Gore Nora E. Milner Sue Curley Lori Bird Hugh P. Gortler Deborah J. Palfrey Patrick Daniels Carmela S. Birnbaum Steve Gotz Lerach Coughlin San Diego County Bar Foundation Ramos & Associates Nidia P. Goycoechea Doyna V. Dardon San Diego National Bank Pamela J. Bishop Diamond U. Grace Edward A. Dauer Sr. Technology Associates Teresa E. Bissner Danielle Grant Jeremey Davis Jan Stiglitz Alissa L. Bjerkhoel Suzanne B. Greene Richard S. Davis Student Bar Association, CWSL Donna Blain Jacob Greenwell Grillot Jenna Dawsey HUGGz Janet Greenwell Shirley Taves Regina Dawson Phil W. Blair Thomas N. Greenwell The San Diego Foundation Jeanette Day Pamela M. Blane Kay M. Grillot Denise Walsh Dorothy De Bolt Gerald Blank James C. Grisafi Joe Walsh Russell M. De Phillips Marlene Blas James C. Grisafi, Inc. Steven J. Wedel Milberg & DePhillips Jill T. Blatchley Richardson C. Griswold Shannon M. Deaver William Lehrer Charitable Fund Erica Blecich Gen-Probe Incorporated John DeJaco Winifred L. Stevens Foundation, Inc. Brian T. Bloodworth Gina S. Grosso Robert R. DeKoven Tim Boettcher Janice E. Groves-Todd Kellie M. Delaney Robert A. Bohrer Daniel Guerrero Amanda-Dawn Delia Courtney C. Bolin Ronald Gulino Andrew R. Deloach Louis W. Bookheim Kevin K. Gupta Andrew Desposito Jennifer M. Booth Steven R. Hadley Michael H. Dessent Shilo N. Borja Arleen Haeggquist Linda Dews Christine F. Boutros William L. Halsey Sundeep K. Dhillon Glenanne Bowden Victoria J. Haneman Erika L. Diaz Kristin Bowen Katia Hansen Mariel Diaz Janet F. Bowermaster Ruth A. Hansen Ashley J. Ratliff Latham & Watkins, LLP Benjamin J. Morris Philip L. Sun Megan J. Happ Jan Ratliff Drew A. Lautemann Molly Morris SunCorp Corporate Ruth M. Hargrove David A. Rawson Law Office of Andrea R. Leavitt Raphael A. Morris Credit Union Justin C. Harleman Jim A. Reed Tricia K. Lawson Dwana Morse Jennifer Sutliff Samantha E. Harries Anika M. Renaud-Kim Chanty A. Lazzari Linda H. Morton Pamela R. Tait Rebecca Harris Dan Revich Uyen D. Le Emilee Morzelewski Devin R. Taylor Anakah D. Harrison Bryan C. Rho Annajean Leapley John Mosby Morgan R. Teague James G. Haskell Irina C. Ribeiro Natalie C. Lehman Tara A. Motley Lucia A. Thayer Michael Hawkins Katherine Y. Rice Edwin H. Lenderman Cody Mountaineer The Dale K. Goodman Trust Julie D. Hazar Paula J. Roach Bill Lerach Andrea Mower The Greco Rev. Liv. Trust Kristina M. Hein JoAnne Roake Howard Levine Justin S. Moyer Balpreet K. Thiara Louis W. Helmuth Melissa Robbins Michael Levine Luma H. Mufleh Nicole J. Thomas-Dorris Ryan A. Henderson Joshua J. Roberts Joseph Lew Brianne Mullaney Thomas Jefferson- Criminal Crystal L. Hengel Sharon Robertson Marc D. Lewkowicz Lindsey F. Munyer Law Society Lindsey J. Herana Joseph W. Robinson Jing Y. Li C. G. Murphy Heather Ann Thompson Charles W. Herf Robert Rodriguez Christopher R. Light Kymberly L. Murphy R. Thompson Lindsay A. Herf Josey Ann Rodriguez Torres Angela M. Lightner Valerie A. Murphy Roberta K. Thyfault Steven M. Herf Phoebe Roeder Anna M. Lima Andrew J. Myers Rachel L. Toberman William Herf Katherine A. Romano Lana L. Linderman Mark E. Myers Edward L. Tonningsen Jorge I. Hernandez Amberlie F. Romney Monica K. Lindstrom Roya Nafeie Doreen K. Toomalatai Kimberly Hernandez Nancy B. Rosenfeld Tracy M. Linkowski Dorothy Neal-Tucker Cynthia Torres Victor J. Herrera Norman H. Rosenfeld Cathy E. Lintvedt Ivan Neel Nhu Tran Rochelle D. Hershfield Allison C. Rosenstein Rachel C. Lipsky Monique M. Neese Christopher M. Truchan Doris Hetrick Carly A. Ross Lipson & Berlin Vivian T. Nelson Kevin M. Tsai Whitney C. Heys Adam Rothstein A Psychological Corpor Network for Good Michael Tucker Kikki Hlavin Tom E. Ruane Thomas W. Lively Tara D. Newberry Faheem A. Tukhi Michelle L. Hobbs Nia S. Rucker Vanessa L. Loftus Brewer Catherine Nielsen Anne Tweedy Howard Hoffenberg Alex W. Sachs Michael C. Long John W. Nielsen Rikkyln S. Ueda Sally Hogan Robert Sachs Roger L. Long Mary Nielsen USD Bar Association Sheryl S. Holloway Brian Salameh Stacey Lotzman Rachel B. Nimoy Christina Utley Jeannette C. Holm Ellen Salameh Jade Lovingood Ashleigh Noda Elias Villafana Anne Holst Meghan L. Salmans David W. Loy Robert S. Norman Lucy Villafana Marie P. Hommel Stephanie Sanchez Nancy N. Lubrano Ramona Noursamadi Therese M. Villafana Sara E. Hoppenrath Karanpal Sandhu Alexandra F. Lyman John E. Noyes Brenda Villapando Thomas Horan Scot G. Sandoval Katherine A. Lyon Jonathan P. Obest Collin E. Vincent Handy Horiye Gerissa H. Santos Marissa N. Machida Daniel R. O'Connor Kerry D. Vinci Mark A. Hotchkiss Liseth M. Saravia Allan R. Mackins Susan A. O'Dean-Sekeres Lori Vuyk Desiree L. Howard Ryan A. Sausedo Samantha H. Macy Stephen J. Oelslager Christine N. Waer Traci D. Howard Jessica Savalla Cameron M. Maghami Chris Okula NYC Administration for Charisma X. Howell Alan Schenk Jason C. Makris Aaron M. Olsen Children's Services Angeline G. Huang Michelle D. Schill Ruben Maldonado Caroline L. Olson Bobbi A. Weaver L. P. Huber Amanda Schmitt Molly Maloney Stacey R. O'Neill Janet M. Weinstein Ruby Huggler Howard Schmitt Christine Mangone Rachel S. Opatik Samantha J. Weinstein Michael A. Humbert Victoria Schmitt Michael Manley Nicole Ortega Joshua H. Weis Tressa Humbert Allison C. Schneider Marta Manus Amy J. Osborne Kurt A. Weiser Marjorie A. Huntington Barbara J. Schrock Ryan T. Mardock James A. Ostiller Nicole G. Wells Erik M. Ideta Lexie D. Schroeder Phyllis C. Marion Mary Ott Katelyn J. Wendell Mel Ingold Steven C. Schuller Katherine L. Marsh Emi Ouchi William S. Wenzel Isabella Fund at The Christine J. Scott Jon A. Marshall Bill H. Pacheco Maria Wesson San Diego Foundation Michael E. Scott Marla B. Marshall Anika S. Padhiar Julie A. Westerman Waffa Issa Mike Sebeckis Gary l. Martin Laura M. Padilla Jean M. Whalen Matthew K. Izu Shannon L. Sebeckis Michael S. Martin Kimberly A. Page Ryan M. Wharrie Steven L. Jagoda Robert F. Seibel Peter Masiello Phoenix Painter Brian White Sara Jeffries John Semanchik Krystyn V. Mast Phoenix Records Mackenzie M. Wilker Randall W. Jeffs Frann Setzer Larry Mathena Lisa J. Palmer-Olsen Kimberly A. Williams Diana V. John Jacqueline Sewell Stacie R. Mathews Olivia J. Palmieri Deborah L. Wilson Jason L. Johnson Jennifer Shain Victoria Matthews Trina Z. Pangalilingan Jane, Margaret, and David A. Jones Jodi L. Shapiro Kara M. Maughon Parisi Enterprises, Inc. Katherine Wilson for Jana R. Jorgensen Casey C. Shaw Tomasa Mauricio Paul R. Parisi Charles Joseph Wilson Jason J. Julius Farra D. Shaw Susan K. May Allison L. Pascal Jared C. Winter Darryl C. Jung Koryn K. Sheppard Phina R. McBride Genieve A. Pascoe Jennifer C. Wolsborn Chanell A. Kachi Mahir T. Sherif Moira E. McCarthy Combes Mitesh Patel Brian J. Won Issa Kamara Loan T. Shillinger Scott E. McClain Chelsea C. Pearsall Jennifer Wong Andrea B. Kaplan Bruce E. Shirer Sally A. McCully Bill Pearson Suky Wong Rachel L. Kaufman Manuel R. Silva Mark P. McDermott Kathleen N. Pedro Chris Woo Noor N. Kazmi Steven M. Silva Kelly A. McGrath Sophia E. Pena Leslie A. Woodworth Jay Kelley Rebecca L. Silvis Lindsey E. McGregor Saray Peralta Aguilar R. C. Woolard Maureen Kelley David Simon Robert McKeand Sandra Perez Brucker D'Marie Simon Asia N. Wright Mary C. Kennedy Matthew D. McMillan Christophe Pesenti Leonard Simon Eric E. Wright Gerard J. Kenny Mary Erin McMullen Patricia L. Petterson Milberg Weiss Bershad Chelsea C. Yamabe Richard S. Kessler Brian D. McNeil Hieu Pham Hynes & Learch Lori Yaphe-Delisle Farah M. Khaireddin Judith McNeil Deborah G. Phare Alex J. Simpson Daniel Yeager Angela Kim Martin D. McNeil Lynne S. Pierce Asha J. Sims Simone Yeomans Carol S. Kim Megan D. Meacham James E. Pilley Allison L. Singer Brent E. Yoder Nancy Kim Brian W. Mecklenburg John Platte Larry Singh Michael B. Yongue Diana King Neha A. Mehta Chris Pohlman Annamarie Slikker Sarah F. Yousuf Melissa V. King Hina S. Memon Robert Pohlman Sarah Sloriter Michael T. Yu Ken S. Klein Paula Carol Mendell Sasha S. Pohlman Jacquelyn H. Slotkin Harlan J. Zaback Andy B. Kleiner Gerry B. Mendelson Linda G. Pollack Andrea D. Smith Jonathan R. Zacharias Jessica L. Klickna Barbara J. Menzel Blair A. Pollard Glenn C. Smith Bart Ziegler Jeanne G. Knight Terrill W. Menzel Elizabeth Polling Sheri L. Smith Catherine Zingale Rebecca R. Knight Mistala G. Merchant Melanie A. Porter Steven R. Smith Carl Knopke Charles M. Mesirow Peter M. Potente Sarah F. Smith-Withey THANK YOU Carter B. Knopke Cynthia Meza James W. Pravel Donald J. Smythe Carl Knopke III Karen Miller Joe A. Presley Eric Sokol Wendy J. Koen Kristin D. Miller Leah M. Presley Tony M. Soliman Katherine V. Kolody Erin J. Minelli Amber Prochaska Diane M. Sopko Parada Kovadi Marcy Mistrett Jamie T. Pruitt Richard A. Speare Amy Krakower Aaron J. Mitchell Jamie Pruitt Law Elizabeth J. Spiezer Jeremy S. Kraut-Ordover Mary Lou Mitchell Catherine L. Pugh Frances Spurlock Sarah A. Krejca Arian Mojiri David N. Pugh William Stahlberger Kip Kuduk Eric Molle John J. Pulaski Summer A. Stallings Mandalei M. Kuhm Anthony J. Monico Susan L. Quinn Alexander F. Steers Rachel B. Kushner Rob Moniz Anne-Marie Rábago Stein & Casciola Law Corp Ashley V. LaFontaine Dora D. Monroy PricewaterhouseCoopers Lorenda S. Stern Leanna L. Lalla Marilyn Montenegro Amber B. Rabon Kim B. Sterner Joel D. Larabee Martin A. Montessoro Theodore Radkiewicz James F. Stiven Larabee & Gruenberg Matt Montgomery Yael Rakib Rosy L. Stolow Courtney Montiero Adeline C. Ramirez Jill Stone Teresa M. Moore Jane Rand Michele Stone Sandy Moreau Marisa S. Rastetter Toni L. Stone Stephen Stout THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT The Innocence Network: A Group Effort! lthough 10 years ago of recognizing and correct- A it was one of the first ing the errors in our crim- WE’RE innocence projects in the inal justice system. CIP BRINGING world, the California Co-Director Jan Stiglitz is JUSTICE BACK... Innocence Project is now on the amicus committee, ONE CLASS a part of an international “We vote on requests we AT A TIME network of more than receive from outside 50 innocence projects sources that the Network Over 115 students throughout the U.S.A., file an amicus brief in a have gone through Canada, Great Britain, pending case and then the California Inno- Australia, and New assist in finding someone cence Project at Cali- fornia Western School Zealand. CIP Director to write the brief.” In of Law in the past ten Justin Brooks played a addition, appointed ence in some area of the years ago and the second years, each possessing critical role in creating members from Projects country to spend a few conference was hosted the desire to experi- this network as a founding nationwide gather yearly days learning from each nine years ago by CIP at ence the workings of member of the board of in New York to discuss other how to be more Cal Western. “real world” law. directors and chair of the and act on legislative successful at freeing the CIP class of 2007- Some of the students network’s membership policy reform. innocent. The first such 2008 attended the have gone on to be- come state prosecu- committee. Every spring, projects, conference was hosted by Innocence Network tors, public defenders, The Innocence Project™ clinic students, and ex- The Center on Wrongful Conference hosted by deputy attorney gen- Network has formed onerees gather together Convictions at North- Santa Clara Law School. erals, corporate attor- committees with the goal at The Innocence Confer- western Law School 10 neys, and private practitioners. “One important goal of CIP’s mission is to nurture ethical and knowledgeable POSTAGE lawyers. Students par- HERE ticipating in the clinic are here to learn how to implement justice. They are here to rec- ognize the possibility of human error, and to help right a wrong.” - Professor Jan Stiglitz, CIP Co-Director From the class of 2000-2001 to the class of 2008-2009, each clinical student has contributed greatly to CIP’s mis- sion. Without their commitment and ded- ication, the California Innocence Project could not exist.