Denise Foderaro is a longtime advocate for justice and a researcher for the Registry. She is a trustee of the Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation, which supports social justice organizations and research on wrongful convictions. A University of Pennsylvania alumna, she played a central role in the creation of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which opened in 2013. Foderaro is the recipient, among other honors, of leadership awards from the Northern California Innocence Project and Death Penalty Focus, and the 2013 Hero of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She attributes her passion and persistence to her training as an occupational therapist and her experience as the wife of an innocent, wrongfully convicted defendant who was completely cleared after a successful appeal.
Brandon L. Garrett is the Roy L. and Rosamund Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. His recent teaching and research has focused on criminal procedure, DNA exonerations, habeas corpus, scientific evidence, organizational prosecutions, and constitutional law. His recent publications include a federal habeas corpus casebook and Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (Harvard University Press). His next book, entitled Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Target Corporations, is currently in contract with Harvard University Press. Garrett attended Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. After graduating, he clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then worked as an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin LLP in New York City.
Jim Petro, former Ohio Attorney General, has litigated cases in venues from Mayor's Court to the United States Supreme Court. Before serving as Ohio Attorney General, he was elected State Representative, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, and Auditor of State. He was the nation's first state attorney general to intervene on behalf of an Innocence Project client. He later became a pro bono lawyer for the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) and worked with Director Mark Godsey on Ohio's criminal justice reform law enacted in 2010. An active advocate for criminal justice reform, Petro received the 2010 Innocence Network Champion of Justice Award.
Nancy Petro, a writer, co-authored with Jim Petro False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent (Kaplan 2011; Peking University Press 2012), which earned a 2011 Constitutional Commentary Award (The Constitution Project) and the 2012 Media Award (Northern California Innocence Project). After a business career, she has focused on criminal justice advocacy, authoring or co-authoring articles for publications such as InBrief (Case Western Reserve School of Law); the Ohio Innocence Project's Annual Review; and Wrongful Convictions & Miscarriages of Justice (Routledge 2013, edited by C. Ronald Huff and Martin Killias). She is a contributing editor of the Wrongful Convictions Blog.
Barry C. Scheck is Professor of Law and Emeritus Director of Clinical Education at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Scheck and his colleague Peter Neufeld co-founded and co-direct the Innocence Project, and pioneered the use of DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted. Scheck is a partner in the law firm Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, specializing in civil rights and constitutional litigation. His many publications include Actual Innocence: When Justice Goes Wrong And How To Make It Right, with Peter Neufeld and Jim Dwyer. His extensive record of public service includes the presidency of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2004-2005), and service on New York State's Forensic Science Review Board, the National Institute of Justice's Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, and the American Judicature Society's National Commission on Forensic Science and Public Policy.
Samuel Gross, Editor and Co-Founder, is the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure and courses on false convictions and exonerations. He has litigated test cases on jury selection in capital trials, racial discrimination in the use of the death penalty and the constitutionality of executing defendants in the face of a substantial known risk of innocence. Professor Gross has published many works on false convictions and exonerations, eyewitness identification, evidence law, pre-trial settlement and the selection of cases for trial and racial profiling.
Rob Warden, Co-Founder, is executive director and co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. His investigations into wrongful convictions in Illinois capital cases in the 1980s set a movement in motion that culminated in the abolition of the state's death penalty on March 9, 2011. Mr. Warden is the author or co-author of hundreds of articles and seven books, including four focusing on wrongful convictions. He currently is working on a book on the execution of likely innocent defendants. Mr. Warden has won more than fifty journalism awards. In 2011, he was one was one of three local recipients of the first annual Chicago Ideas Week Hero Award.
Maurice Possley, Senior Researcher, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of three non-fiction books. He worked for the Chicago Tribune for 25 years, where he investigated numerous cases of wrongful conviction and wrongful execution as well as systemic problems in the criminal justice system. In 2009, he joined the Northern California Innocence Project to research and co-author a ground-breaking report on prosecutorial misconduct in California. He joined the Registry in 2012, where he is responsible for researching and writing case summaries of all exonerations added to the Registry. In this capacity, he obtains court documents, researches media reports and interviews lawyers and investigators.
Shannon M. Leitner, Research Fellow, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2013. In law school, she worked as a student attorney in the Michigan Innocence Clinic and the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and as a research assistant for the National Registry of Exonerations. Before law school, Shannon served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and worked as a litigation paralegal in New York City. At the Registry, she is responsible for supervising and contributing to research projects, editing case summaries, and managing the Registry's web and media presence.