Center on Wrongful Convictions Celebrates 10th Anniversary

October 31, 2008

On November 14, Northwestern Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary by hosting a series of special events, including a reading of the award-winning play, The Exonerated.

The play, directed by co-author Jessica Blank, features three exonerees — Sonya Jacobs, Delbert Tibbs, and Gary Gauger (a former CWC client) — playing themselves. CWC co-founder Lawrence Marshall JD ’85 will return to Northwestern Law to host the event, which takes place at 7 p.m. in Thorne Auditorium.

Prior to the play, the CWC will host an awards ceremony and reception. At this event, the CWC will present the Jane Beber Abramson Award to Ronald Safer of Schiff Hardin LLP and Judy Royal JD ’81 for the hundreds of hours they donated to the CWC in exonerating Julie Rae Harper. The center will also present the Jenner & Block Award to the Hon. George Leighton for his lifetime achievements in the cause of justice. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Bluhm Legal Clinic (8th floor of the Arthur Rubloff building at Northwestern Law), and the awards ceremony will take place from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for the play are $100 for the general public and $35 for students. Tickets for the awards ceremony and reception are $250 and include admission to The Exonerated. A portion of the ticket price benefits the CWC. To order tickets, call the CWC at (312) 503-2391, or purchase online at

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