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UW Law Drives Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

JULY 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Katherine Hedland Hansen

Lauren Conner (’15) experienced what could be one of the biggest legal successes of her career the first day she was sworn into the bar. As a student at UW Law, Conner had spent two years working in the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic trying to free Donovan Allen from prison. IPNW Director Anna Tolin called Conner after her swearing-in with the news that the DNA evidence excluded Allen as a suspect in his mother’s murder. He was freed from prison a few weeks later.

“I think a lot of students go to law school expecting to have that ‘Perry Mason’ moment....

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