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In response to recent additional restrictions on events and gatherings, the University of Washington has decided to postpone the University Faculty Lecture on April 15. At this time, we do not know for certain whether or when this event will be rescheduled. As the situation evolves, we’ll post event updates on this page. Please contact rsvp@uw.edu or 206-616-8160 with any questions or concerns.

Stand With the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Reform

Event Postponed

Jacqueline McMurtrie

More than 2,500 innocent people have been convicted and sentenced for crimes they didn’t commit — and each wrongful conviction is an opportunity to find out what went wrong. UW Law Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie, who founded the Washington Innocence Project, will discuss government accountability, the ethical responsibility of lawyers and judges to acknowledge mistakes, and the importance of pursuing reform until our criminal justice system is truly just.

McMurtrie is the UW Betts, Patterson and Mines Professor of Law. In 1997, she founded the Washington Innocence Project — the nation’s third innocence organization — and oversaw its growth from a volunteer-led effort to a clinical law program at the University of Washington. WashIP has exonerated 15 people who collectively served over 100 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, and it has successfully advocated for laws to protect the innocent.

Read more about Professor McMurtrie’s work.

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About the University Faculty Lecture

Since 1976, this annual award has honored current or emeritus faculty whose research, scholarship or art has been widely recognized by their peers and whose achievements have had a substantial impact on their profession, the research or performance of others, and society as a whole.

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