Alumni News

Alumni News: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Law Reunion Weekend

From left, Wade H. Hargrove Jr. '65, Ashley H. Campbell '03, Dean John Charles "Jack" Boger '74 and William D. Johnson '82. Hargrove and Johnson earned the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Campbell earned the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and George R. Ward Associate Professor of Law Richard E. Myers II '98, Rob Maitland '97, Scott Maitland '95 and Josh Otto '07 participate in the first-ever Carolina Law Scholarship Golf Classic. (Photos: Jim Stratford)

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CLE Programs

Upcoming CLE programs include The Festival of Legal Learning on February 10-11, 2012. For more information, visit the CLE office website.

Alumni Spotlights

Lindsey Guice Smith
Class of 2008
Innocence Inquiry Commission

Justice doesn’t always mean putting the bad guys behind bars. Sometimes it means setting the good guys free. Ever since Lindsey Guice Smith '08 was old enough to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up, she set her mind on becoming a prosecutor. Yet there she was, standing outside the Buncombe County, N.C., jail on a September afternoon, against a backdrop of mountain foliage, waiting to celebrate two convicted felons walking out as free men after 10 years in prison.

An investigation Guice Smith and a colleague at the Innocence Inquiry Commission (IIC) conducted over 15 months resulted in a hearing that sent the case before a three-judge panel. After listening to seven days of testimony, the panel exonerated Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxson of the second-degree murder charges to which they’d pleaded guilty a decade earlier.

The release of the two men was only the second time that a three-judge panel had reversed a conviction since the Innocence Inquiry Commission began in August 2006.

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