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Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project  

Welcome to the Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project.

The CUA Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project conducts investigations of claims of actual innocence on behalf of individuals referred to the Clinic by the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and assists individuals convicted in Maryland with applications for parole or commutation of sentence.

Supervised by Professor Sandy Ogilvy, Catholic University's Innocence Project Clinic offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of lawyering skills, while providing direct assistance to inmates who have been convicted of violent crimes and sentenced to long jail sentences or to death, but who assert that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. The Clemency Project expands the work on behalf of individuals seeking release from prison in the form of a commutation of sentence or parole.

The Clemency Project is part of a broader initiative, the CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency. In 2013, the Law School partnered with former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., to work together to educate governors and their staffs across the country who want to engage more deeply with the issue of executive clemency and to support scholarship and public education regarding executive clemency at the state and federal levels.


Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project News

CUA Law's "Freedom Fighters", working for a more just criminal justice system

The CUA Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project: Providing Students with Real World Lawyering Skills

CUA Law's Clemency Program featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Two Clients from CUA Law's Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project had their Sentences Commuted by President Obama

Professor J.P. "Sandy" Ogilvy Quoted in Business Insider Article About Clemency Petition for Timothy Tyler.

Law School’s Clemency Clinic Praised, Encouraged, and Supported by former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Law School’s Clemency Partnership with Former Governor Ehrlich Highlighted in Recent Commentary 

CUA Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project Newsletter - March 2014

CUA Law Students Told that Clemency is Part of a Governor's Job

Law School to Host Clemency and Pardons Clinic in Collaboration with Former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.




Director of the Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project

Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project Links