Institute for Actual Innocence

The Institute for Actual Innocence works to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students, faculty, and practicing lawyers collaborate to assist Virginia prisoners in post-conviction relief.

The institute is part of a national community of innocence project committed to improving the administration of justice in the United States. The institute pursues exonerations through post-conviction statutes called “writs of actual innocence.”

The mission of the institute is to provide law students with a rich academic and clinical educational experience through which they have a rigorous introduction and immersion into the world of case reinvestigation. The program integrates legal theory with practical legal principles that surround criminal case investigation. Students partner with legal, scientific, and policy leaders in their work.

A core goal of the institute is to expose students to the importance of public service in the life of a lawyer. The institute is devoted to the belief that institutions have a duty to act in a public-spirited way and to connect with individuals at all levels of society–especially individuals at the margins of society.

Institute for Actual Innocence

Mail all written requests and client intake forms to the following address:

Institute for Actual Innocence
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173