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Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project 

The Innocence Project originally began as a startup student organization in 2001 by Adjunct Professor and alumnus John Sharifi ’02. The students were paired with volunteer attorneys through the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project to work on innocence cases. At the direction of Professor Ogilvy, the Project developed into a full year, six credit clinic in 2006. 

In 2013, The CUA Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project was selected as the institutional home for “The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency," among the country’s first law school-based clinics devoted to the research and study of executive clemency and the power of pardon. The official announcement was made on at the National Press Club on Feb. 20, 2013 by Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr, who served as Maryland’s 60th governor from 2003-2007 and whose tenure was distinguished by the time he spent personally reviewing requests for pardons from convicted criminals.

The initiative includes the development of programs to educate newly elected governors in the clemency process, especially how to administer the clemency process in an efficient, effective, and politically sound manner. Scholars and activists concerned with the clemency process are brought to campus to engage in dialogues aimed at bringing much-needed attention to the issues with the ultimate goal of improving the system of executive clemency in this country. To learn more about the CUA/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency click here.

The CUA Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project is currently reviewing requests for representation from inmates convicted in Maryland state courts who are serving life terms, with or without parole, who wish to submit an application for executive clemency or parole.  

Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project Links