Who We Are

Steven A. Drizin, Co-founder
Steven Drizin is a Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Prtizker School of Law where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He served as the Legal Director of the Clinic's renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions from March 2005 to September 2013. At the Center, Professor Drizin's research interests involve the study of false confessions and his policy work focuses on supporting efforts around the country to require law enforcement agencies to electronically record custodial interrogations. View Full Bio | Contact Steven Drizin

Laura Nirider, Project Co-director
Laura Nirider is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers. Her clients have included Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer, and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis. View Full Bio | Contact Laura Nirider

Megan Crane, Project Co-director

Megan Crane Megan Crane is a Clinical Fellow at the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Crane represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted for crimes when they were children or teenagers and supervises second and third-year law students as they co-counsel in various stages of post-conviction proceedings. Crane co-teaches a clinical course on juvenile justice, wrongful convictions, and false confessions, as well as a summer course on public interest lawyering. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of Michigan Law School. Before joining CWCY, Crane clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals and then represented individuals sentenced to death in California with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center. Prior to her capital work, as a law firm associate in partnership with the Northern California Innocence Project, she successfully represented George Souliotes, a man wrongfully convicted of arson and triple murder and sentenced to life without parole, who was finally granted federal habeas relief after 17 years in prison and released in 2013. For her work on Mr. Souliotes’ case, she received a California Attorney of the Year award in 2013. Contact Megan Crane