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  • January 14
    On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Nick McGuffin was able to walk out of prison after nine years as a free man. Since 2015, Lewis & Clark Law School  Criminal Justice Reform Clinic  (CJRC) students have been involved in the case to have McGuffin’s case overturned due to exculpatory DNA testing, first working with the Oregon Innocence Project in the early years of the case and more recently with the  Forensic Justice Project , a nonprofit dedicated to helping defense lawyers understand, find, and challenge scientific evidence introduced during trial. 
  • Left to Right: Aliza Kaplan, Joe O'Leary, Governor Kate Brown, Johnathan Baker, Venetia Mayhew.
    January 13
    Governor Kate Brown commuted Johnathan Baker, a client of the  Criminal Justice Reform Clinic , sentence on December 17, 2019. A minor when he was convicted, Baker was released from custody two and a half years early on his ten-year sentence.  
  • August 5

    Doug Beloof, Professor of Law and Secretary of the  National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) retired this summer. He has been a staunch and compassionate advocate of crime victims’ rights for almost 40 years, coming onto the criminal justice scene as a young prosecutor in the 1980s when crime victims’ rights were just beginning to be publicly discussed.

  • August 2
    This June, the Oregon legislature passed a bill to substantially narrow Oregon’s death penalty, SB 1013. Governor Brown ’85 signed the bill into law on August 1, 2019, in a ceremony attended by Emeritus Dean and Professor of Law Steve Kanter and Director of CJRC, Professor of Law Aliza Kaplan, Legislative Director of ACLU Kimberly McCullough ’13, and Legislative Director of Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Mary Sofia ’10. Each of them has dedicated countless hours to get this bill passed into law. 
  • Oregon Justice Building, home of the state's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in Salem
    October 18
    The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic,  (CJRC) celebrated a win in early October when the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dante Farmer, an incarcerated individual, and cited an amicus brief from CJRC in support of his case.
  • March 22
    The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic filed an amicus brief to SCOTUS about the unconstitutionality of non-unanimous juries in the Louisiana case State v. Sims.
  • September 21
    The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic filed a friend of the court brief for a case testing non-unanimous juries that was appealed to the US Supreme Court. Three first-year law students worked with law professor Aliza Kaplan to file the brief.
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