Exoneration Project

Exoneration Project Client Granted Certificate of Innocence

August 6, 2013

From the Aug. 5 Chicago Tribune

Tears streaming down his face, a man who wrongly spent nearly 25 years behind bars was granted a certificate of innocence Monday by a Cook County judge who called the ordeal an "injustice," according to his attorneys.

Clinics in Action: The Exoneration Project

The Exoneration Project presents "Convicting the Innocent: Addressing Wrongful Convictions in Cook County, Illinois"


61:40 minutes (56.46 MB)

Exoneration Project Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Schools create a life mission
John Flynn Rooney
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
January 24, 2013

After lawyers with the Exoneration Project agreed to handle his murder case, James Kluppelberg said he believed their work would lead to his freedom.

And it did.

Kluppelberg got released in May after 24 years in prison. A Cook County circuit judge dismissed charges that resulted in his conviction on six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of arson.

Faculty: 
Russell Ainsworth
Faculty: 
Jon Loevy
Faculty: 
Tara Thompson

Kane Center Clinics Hiring for Summer 2013

2013 Summer Jobs in the Kane Center Clinics
Law School Office of Communications
January 8, 2013

In summer 2013 the clinical law program plans to hire a number of law students to work in the various clinics in the Kane Center.  Positions will be open for the following clinics:

Faculty: 
Jeff Leslie

Exoneration Project Clients to be Featured on '60 Minutes'

December 7, 2012

This Sunday, CBS' 60 Minutes will include a story titled "The False Confession Capital," about the many cases of in Chicago of convictions overturned due to coerced confessions.

Huffington Post Highlights Exoneration Project Client's First Vote for President

November 14, 2012

The article, by the Chicago Innocence Project's David Protess, describes the first experience of voting in a presidential election by Exoneration Project client Eric Caine.

University of Chicago Magazine on The Exoneration Project

Innocence won
Brooke E. O’Neill
University of Chicago Magazine
September 13, 2012

On the night of April 18, 1990, taxi driver Billy G. Williams, 44, was found dead in his cab, shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side. Two days later, 20-year-old Shawn Whirl was arrested and confessed to the murder. He pleaded guilty and has been in prison ever since.

Faculty: 
Tara Thompson
Faculty: 
Russell Ainsworth

David Owens

Staff Attorney, Exoneration Project, and Lecturer in Law

A Seattle native, David B. Owens earned two bachelor’s degrees at the University of Washington—one in Political Science and one in Philosophy. Owens then completed his M.A. in Elementary Education while teaching 6th Grade in Los Angeles as a Teach For America corps member. Owens completed his law degree and an M.A.

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