Northwestern Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) will launch a new Women’s Project, devoted to the wrongful convictions of women, with a program and reception at the Law School on Thursday, November 29, 2012.
The concept for the Women’s Project, which is first of its kind in the United States, arose a couple of years ago when CWC client Julie Rea convened a national conference focusing on the special issues facing innocent women caught in the criminal justice system.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Law School in Lincoln Hall on the first floor of Levy Mayer Hall, 375 East Chicago Avenue. A reception will follow in the Law School Atrium.
The launch event will feature exonerated women speaking about their experiences, a brief discussion of preliminary data concerning exonerated women, and details regarding the future role of the project. The CWC will also honor Amy Rabinowitz Kaplan JD ’97 with the 2012 Jane Beber Abramson Award, for her extraordinary dedication to pursuing justice for the wrongfully convicted.
The event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is requested.