The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston – Advocating for the Innocent: Exoneration Justice

Monday, June 19, 2023 8:00 am EST

“Innocent people should not be in prison.” (Anna McGinn, Notre Dame Law School ‘22).

Exoneration justice is the tireless effort to free innocent people imprisoned after being wrongfully convicted of crimes, and to provide them with rehabilitative services. Jessa Webber ’22 J.D. and Anna McGinn ’22 J.D., Notre Dame Law School’s Bank of America Foundation Fellows, have dedicated their legal careers to this work.

The premiere episode of The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston on ThinkND, “Advocating for the Innocent: Exoneration Justice,” is part-one of a three-part series on public interest law. Max, Jessa, and Anna explore the systemic problems that have led to a backlog of wrongful convictions disproportionately of people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. They discuss what anti-racist efforts look like to reduce the frequency of wrongful convictions on the front end, and how exoneration justice is helping create a fair and equitable justice system for everyone. Jessa and Anna also discuss the public interest path in law school, and how the Bank of America Foundation Fellowship is making public interest work after law school possible.

To receive an email each time an episode is released on ThinkND, please register for free here. The DEI Podcast with Max Gaston is sponsored by Notre Dame Law School and co-sponsored on ThinkND by Black Alumni, Alumni Rainbow Community (ARC ND), YoungND, Native American Alumni, Notre Dame Women Connect, Hispanic Alumni, Notre Dame Senior Alumni, and Asian Pacific Alumni.

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