April 17, 2019

The Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project received an Honorable Mention from the Clinical Legal Education Association's 2019 CLEA Awards. The CUA Law Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project was a founding member and continues to be an active member of the Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project.

The Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project is a working group comprised of the University of Baltimore School of Law's Juvenile Justice Project, the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law's Innocence Project Clinic & Clemency Project, and the American University Washington College of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic and interested non-profits and law firms. Clinicians at these law schools include Jane Murphy, Lila Meadows, Sandy Ogilvy, and Binny Miller. The group came together to respond to a critical and unmet need for legal representation for people serving life sentences in Maryland's prisons for crimes committed as juveniles.

As of April 2019, the project has recruited 53 attorneys who are currently representing 29 clients sentenced to life as juveniles. Several clients have moved forward to the risk assessment phase of parole, a step required before release. Project attorneys are also responsible for the release on parole of two juvenile lifers, the first two since 1995.