This week we are proud to announce that the University of Arizona Law's Wrongful Conviction Clinic, under the direction of Professor Vanessa Buch, has been accepted as a member of the Innocence Network.
I also want to thank the members of our Arizona Law community who came to the University of Arizona campus this year to help celebrate the traditions of Homecoming and Reunions with us. We estimate that we had more than 600 attendees! 

Check out some of this year's memorable moments in the photos below. And, we'd love to see your own photos. Send your Homecoming and Reunion photos to us at alumni@law.arizona.edu or tag them on social media with @uarizonalaw.

Until the footnotes,
Wrongful Conviction Clinic Joins the Innocence Network, Gets New Name

Reprinted from original story here.
The Wrongful Conviction Clinic at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has been accepted as a member of the Innocence Network and has changed its name to the University of Arizona Innocence Project
The Innocence Network is an affiliation of more than 60 organizations in the U.S. and around the world providing pro bono legal services to individuals with claims of innocence and working to redress the causes of wrongful conviction.
"We are thrilled to join the Innocence Network, working together with practitioners and law students throughout Arizona and across the country who are committed to uncovering injustices and reforming the justice system," 
says Vanessa Buch, director of the University of Arizona Innocence Project.
Training Students, Serving Clients
Vanessa Buch is director of the UA Innocence Project.

Kristen McKeon is assistant director. 

The University of Arizona Innocence Project began as the Wrongful Conviction Clinic in 2014. 

After years of University of Arizona Law professors and students informally volunteering on wrongful conviction cases on an ad hoc basis, the formation of the clinic created a more targeted approach and allowed students to receive academic credit for their work.
Since its founding, 45 students have participated in the clinic, with each student serving an average of roughly 150 hours per semester. In that time, the clinic has received more than $890,000 in various federal grants to help support its work.
The clinic's services are in high demand: at any given time, the faculty and students have an active docket of about 12 cases, and they receive dozens of requests for assistance each month. 
Beyond direct client representation, the clinic has also provided expert consulting in DNA cases, conducted an exhaustive forensic audit, and filed amicus briefs in cases where issues critical to wrongful conviction cases are at stake. 
To date, the clinic has helped secure the release of two individuals.
Vanessa says,
"For many innocent defendants, evidence to prove their claims of innocence does not come to light until long after conviction. Even then, these cases can require years of resource-intensive investigation and litigation. For many of our clients, the UA Innocence Project is their last resort."
Students in the yearlong clinic screen prisoners' applications for assistance, review trial transcripts and case files, visit potential clients at prisons throughout the state, interview witnesses, collect records, consult subject matter experts, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings.
In addition to case work, students meet weekly as a class, learning about common causes of wrongful convictions, the substantive law addressing those issues, available legal remedies, and ongoing and potential criminal justice reforms. 
Students also receive practical training in skills such as presentation and advocacy, cross-cultural lawyering, interviewing and investigation skills. Guest speakers from the legal and law enforcement professions and visits to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office and the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab round out the curriculum for a holistic learning experience.
Second-year law student Margot Veranes says,
"Being a part of the University of Arizona Innocence Project has taught me the need to question our assumptions about innocence and guilt, and how both prosecution and defense counsel need to take steps to counter confirmation bias. It's also taught me how fragile our freedom is. As a future attorney, I think we always need to learn the individual power we each will have as attorneys in the criminal justice system."
Innocence Network Membership Comes with Valuable Benefits
Innocence Network members are able to collaborate and share resources with other member organizations, receive organizational support on issues such as fundraising and strategic planning, and have access to grants to help offer immediate financial support to exonerees in the days following their exoneration.
To become a member, an organization must pass the Innocence Network's review of its policies and procedures, organizational structure and financial stability. According to Vanessa,
"Becoming part of the Innocence Network family is both an endorsement of the strength of the program we have built here at College of Law and will also raise the clinic's profile to allow us to continue and expand our work in Arizona."
The Innocence Network grew out of The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 at the Cardozo School of Law by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck. The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing, reform the criminal justice system, provide support to exonerees post-release, and provide the research-base to support its legal and policy work.

Find out how you can make a contribution in support of the University of Arizona Innocence Project by contacting Megan O'Leary at moleary@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-1330, or donate here.

2019 Homecoming and Reunions in Pictures
Lifetime Achievement Awards and All-Alumni Reception

On Friday evening, our community gathered to present College of Law Lifetime Achievement Awards to Lynne Wood Dusenberry ('74), Professor Andrew Silverman ('69), and Judge Stephen McNamee ('69). As part of the event, we celebrated Nguyen Khanh Ngoc (LLM '99) with a UA Alumni Association Global Achievement Award. We capped the festivities with an outdoor reception. We were especially glad to help celebrate Lynne's birthday on this special evening as well.

With (l-r) Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Judge Stephen McNamee ('69), Lynne Wood Dusenberry ('74), and Professor Andy Silverman ('69).

With (l) UA Alumni Association Global Achievement Award Winner, Nguyen Khanh Ngoc (LLM '99), and Professor David Gantz (c).

Symposium Honoring David Gantz and LLM Brunch

On Friday, we were joined by alumni, colleagues, and friends of the International Trade and Business Law program to reconnect over brunch and to honor retiring Professor David Gantz.

College of Law Reunions

The level of participation in College of Law reunions this year was off the charts. 

We credit the enthusiasm of our reunion committee chairs, who helped plan so many enjoyable events and reach out to as many of their classmates as possible.

We'd like to share more reunion photos in the weeks to come, so please send your images to the Alumni & Development Office, alumni@law.arizona.edu

What a great turnout from the Class of 1969 for their 50-year luncheon at the Arizona Inn.

The Class of 1979 celebrated 40 years of friendship.

The LLM Class of 1999's reunion dinner.

The JD Class of 1999 had great fun catching up.

Red & Blue BBQ

On Saturday we broke out the Red & Blue at our annual BBQ! Thank you to everyone who attended and made this one of our most successful game-day gatherings yet.

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In the News

New York Times, quotes professor Jane Bambauer

Arizona Daily Star, quotes professor Katherine Barnes
UA News, mentions University of Arizona Law's Veterans' Advocacy Law Clinic

Our Arizona Law community spirit is sustained by its dedicated students, faculty, alumni, and friends like those of you who joined us for Homecoming and Reunions this year. 

It is also embodied in programs like the University of Arizona Innocence Project, which provide ways for our students to develop a vast range of legal skills, learn about the limits of our very human legal systems, and have the chance to uncover and correct injustice.





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