What’s Unique about the Washington Innocence Project Clinic?

Washington Innocence Project Clinic students will gain skills in both fact investigation and appellate advocacy. Every year in the Washington Innocence Project Clinic is different, because the substantive topics are driven by our cases. However, all students will gain an understanding of why the criminal justice system makes errors and learn about ways the system can be reformed to decrease the number of wrongful convictions.

Substantive Practice Area

Post-Conviction Appellate Advocacy

Where We Practice

  • Washington Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Typical cases

  • Motion for post-conviction DNA testing
  • Washington State Personal Restraint Proceedings
  • Federal Habeas Corpus Proceedings

Skills Focus

  • Fact investigation, including client and witness interviewing
  • Detailed review of police reports and trial transcripts
  • Working with expert witnesses in various areas of forensic science
  • Motions Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy