Judith Royal

Royal, Judith

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Project Co-Director, Women’s Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions

Phone: (312) 503-3604
E-mail: j-royal@law.northwestern.edu

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Related Links: Center on Wrongful Convictions

Judy Royal is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Women’s Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, which she co-founded with Professor Karen Daniel in 2012. Ms. Royal has been a staff attorney of the Center on Wrongful Convictions since 2002. She has worked with other faculty and law students in the representation of convicted persons with claims of innocence in state and federal court proceedings and before the Governor’s clemency board. She speaks about the causes of wrongful convictions to public and school groups as part of the Center’s public education efforts.

Ms. Royal has been involved with the exoneration of numerous clients of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, including Julie Rea, who was acquitted of murder after a retrial in 2006, Maurice Patterson, who was freed in 2010 after prosecutors dropped murder charges against him in the face of evidence pointing to another suspect, Jacques Rivera, who was granted a new trial in 2011 and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office chose not to pursue the case,  and Juan Rivera,  whose conviction was reversed in 2011 and the Lake County State’s Attorney decided to not appeal the appellate court’s outright reversal. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Wrongful Convictions


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law
  • BA, Lake Forest College