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.