After four years of work developing the foundation for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, we are now ready to begin reaching out across the entire state. This May, the Project will hold its first event in Pittsburgh, with the great assistance of Duquesne Law School professor John Rago and Project Board Membe Dave Fawcett. We will hold a day-long training for lawyers interested in working with the Project in litigating claims of innocence. Similar to other “boot camp” trainings we have done in the past, this day marks the first full program for lawyers who practice in and near Pittsburgh.
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project reviews cases from all over the Commonwealth (67 counties in all!). In the past cases near Pittsburgh were reviewed by the Innocence Institute at Point Park University, a journalism-based program run by investigative journalist Bill Moushey. However, the Institute closed last year, and the Project has been working hard to fill the great void left.
This training will feature many active in the Pittsburgh legal community, and is designed to provide lawyers not familiar with innocence or post-conviction work the full background and training they will need to join the Project in its mission of exonerating the innocent.