UVA Law panel to feature wrongly convicted Virginians

Winnie Tsao – April 17th, 2017

Next week, the University of Virginia School of Law will host a panel with five wrongly convicted Virginians, called “Speaking of Injustice,” to raise money for the Virginia Innocence Project Pro Bono Clinic.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, author John Grisham and Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor of Slate, will facilitate a discussion among five Virginians who were wrongfully convicted of serious crimes. The event will begin with a reception and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. at the law school’s Caplin Pavilion. The event is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to donate to the fundraiser.

Proceeds will be used to cover the costs of investigating claims of innocence from convicts in Virginia. The pro bono clinic is overseen by UVA law professors Deirdre M. Enright and Jennifer L. Givens, the directors of the Innocence Project at UVA, which is separate from the law school’s for-credit Innocence Project Clinic. The panelists will be Robert Davis, Thomas Haynesworth, Michael Hash, Eric Weakley and Beverly Monroe. They will discuss their cases and the role innocence efforts played in freeing them from prison.

Date: Wednesday, April 19th

Time: 6 PM, refreshments/ receptions at 5:30 PM

Location: Caplin Pavilion