Theresa Newman, founding member of the board of the Innocence Network, talks about the overwhelming need for resources to help those wrongfully convicted get the legal help they so desperately need.
Theresa Newman is on the faculty of Duke Law School, where she serves as co-director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, associate director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and faculty adviser to the student-led Innocence Project©. She is a founding member of the board of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of more than sixty-five organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal services to convicted individuals seeking to prove their innocence. She has also served as president of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, a nonprofit organization she helped found, and was a member of the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Criminal Justice Study Commission (formerly the NC Chief Justice’s Commission on Actual Innocence). She received her JD from Duke and, after graduation, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and practiced in a large North Carolina law firm.
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