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About the author

Justin Brooks is a Professor of Practice at University of San Diego School of Law and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project where he served as Director for 24 years. Under his leadership the project freed 40 innocent people from prison. He has been recognized several times by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, and in 2010 and 2012, California Lawyer Magazine honored him with the “Lawyer of the Year” award. He has founded innocence organizations throughout Latin America and speaks around the world about innocence work.  He is the author of the only legal casebook devoted to the topic of wrongful convictions and the author of “You Might Go to Prison, Even Though You’re Innocent,” a book that details what he has learned about wrongful convictions from his more than three decades as a criminal defense attorney and innocence organization director.  He is portrayed by Academy Award-nominated actor Greg Kinnear in the feature film, “Brian Banks.”

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