How You Can Help


Making a Murderer and Northwestern Law

Making a Murderer shone a spotlight on the crucial work done at law clinics like Northwestern Law's Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth. With our students, CWCY faculty – who are law professors as well as accomplished attorneys – not only expose interdisciplinary problems like false confessions, but we develop legal and practical solutions to address those problems in partnership with the legal community, psychologists, and law enforcement. Perhaps most importantly, we teach our law students to become the kinds of lawyers who take fierce pride in fighting for people like Brendan Dassey. We’re proud that regardless of what kind of law they go on to practice, CWCY graduates understand that the best lawyers are leaders.

For a look at what it’s like being a student in Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin’s Northwestern Law class on wrongful convictions, check out this video from our alum Dylan Schweers, JD ’17.

Change Lives | Change the System

Here are 5 steps you can take to help children and teenagers that were wrongfully convicted: 

  1. Donate to the CWC/CWCY
    Your contribution is critical to the CWC's and CWCY's efforts to provide high-quality legal services to underserved and disadvantaged men, women, and children and to advocate on behalf of the wrongfully convicted.
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  1. Host a Friendraiser
    Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to learn about the CWC and CWCY, our clients, and our efforts to reform a broken justice system. 
  1. Follow CWC and CWCY and share our work on social media
    Like The Center on Wrongful Convictions and The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to be part of our community and to receive regular updates about important issues surrounding wrongful convictions. Please help us spread the word by sharing and retweeting our posts! 
  1. Contact your local state legislator
    Insist that he or she sponsor a law requiring that police electronically record all interrogations of suspects. View states that require electronic recording.
  1. Learn as much you can
    Our friends at the Innocence Project have put together a list of important documentaries and TV shows to help you learn more about the injustice of wrongful convictions. View the list!