For NC Center on Actual Innocence
DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION: The NC Center on Actual Innocence represents inmates who claim they are innocent of the crimes for which they are imprisoned and have presented some credible evidence of their innocence. The Center also works closely with the NC Chief Justice's Innocence Commission to identify causes of wrongful convictions and implement changes in NC.
DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS: Externs will be assigned to a case that has been accepted by the Center for investigation. Students will conduct witness interviews, prepare affidavits, follow up on case leads, and potentially make motions in court or to the Governor's clemency board. Additionally, externs will conduct research on topics identified by the chief Justice's Actual Innocence Commission and present findings to the members of the Commission. Topics being researched by the Commission include eyewitness identification procedures, videotaping of interrogations, false confessions, and post-conviction review process.
COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT: Course work in evidence and criminal procedure is helpful but not required. Analytical skills are always helpful in reviewing cases and identifying case strategy. Externs who go into the field to conduct interviews will need to be certified under the State Bar Student Practice Rule.