Mary Kelly Tate
Director, Institute for Actual Innocence
Courses Taught Wrongful Convictions Seminar Wrongful Convictions Clinic Criminal Process
Profile

Professor Mary Kelly Tate serves as Director of the Law School's Institute for Actual Innocence, which works to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in Virginia by pursuing writs of actual innocence and related post-conviction relief, and also teaches a wrongful convictions seminar. Her scholarship focuses on post-conviction issues, and she has been invited to speak at national symposiums on innocence commissions and the problem of wrongful convictions. Students working with Professor Tate through the Institute for Actual Innocence receive a rich academic and clinical education experience that involves case review and reinvestigation, as well as partnership with legal, scientific, and policy leaders in the field. Professor Tate and her students also work in the area of public policy reform. Professor Tate has served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Richmond Public Defender's Office, and represented individuals in post-conviction capital and criminal litigation as an attorney in private practice. 

Professional Experience
Director of the Insititute for Actual Innocence (2005-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Public Defender (1999-2001)
City of Richmond Public Defenders Office, Richmond, Va.
Attorney (1995-99)
Solo Practice, Richmond, Va.
Associate; Law & Employment/ERISA Team (1993-95)
Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Va.
Law Clerk (1991-92)
Hon. Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Publications
Books

Criminal Law and Procedure: An Overview (Cengage Learning 4th ed. 2014) (with Ronald J. Bacigal).

Articles

Commissioning Innocence and Restoring Confidence: the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the Missing Deliberative Citizen, 64 Me. L. Rev. 531 (2012). [Journal] [SSRN] [W] [HEIN]

Reviews

Book Review: Grave Injustice: Unearthing Wrongful Executions, The Champion, August 2013. [online]


Education
B.A., University of Kansas 1987
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law 1991
Contact Information
(804) 287-1834
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Wrongful Convictions
Actual Innocence Commissions