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Virtual Event: Innocence and the Criminal Legal System

Hofstra Law's Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the

Study of Legal Ethics and the Innocence Project present

Innocence and the Criminal Legal System

Featuring Felipe Rodriguez, who was wrongly convicted of a Queens murder and sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison; and Nina Morrison, Innocence Project Senior Litigation Counsel and Mr. Rodriguez's lifelong lawyer.

Moderated by: 
Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute

Co-Sponsored by Hofstra Law’s Social Justice Alliance

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 6:10-8 p.m. | Held via Zoom

Registration is required.  Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session prior to the event.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Innocence Project client Felipe Rodriguez pictured with his attorneys Nina Morrison (senior litigation counsel at the Innocence Project) and Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma on the day he was exonerated in New York City.

In 1990,  Felipe Rodriguez was wrongly convicted of a Queens murder and sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison.  After 27 years behind bars, he was granted a rare sentence commutation by Governor Cuomo and set free in January 2017.  It took another three years for the documentary evidence supporting his innocence that had been hidden in the original police investigative files to come to light.  On December 30, 2019, Mr. Rodriguez was finally exonerated of all charges with the consent of the Queens District Attorney's Office.  At this event, Mr. Rodriguez and his longtime lawyer, Innocence Project Senior Litigation Counsel Nina Morrison, will share the details of his extraordinary story and the reasons why the evidence of his innocence stayed hidden for decades.

For more information, contact Deborah Grattan at Deborah.J.Grattan@hofstra.edu.


The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.

The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.

Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to “make a difference.”The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

Ellen C. Yaroshefsky, Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Executive Director of the Freedman Institute

Deborah GrattanLegal Ethics Coordinator

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Cost:

No Cost

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Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
USA


Contact:

Deborah Grattan

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