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Stand With the Innocent: Wrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Livestream lecture and Q&A

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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.

Read a Q&A with Professor McMurtrie ahead of her University Faculty Lecture. 

McMurtrie is the UW Betts, Patterson and Mines Professor Emerita 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.


Closed-captioning will be provided for the livestream. For more information, contact rsvp@uw.edu.


This lecture, originally scheduled for April 2020, was postponed in response to COVID-19 restrictions and is now offered as an online event. The 2021 University Faculty Lecture will be held as scheduled in April 2021.


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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