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Vanessa Potkin


Vanessa Potkin is the director of Post-Conviction Litigation at The Innocence Project. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2000, and that year became the Project's first staff attorney, litigating groundbreaking cases involving the right to access DNA to prove innocence. Over the past fifteen years, her work has helped exonerate over 25 people, most of whom served decades in prison for crimes they did not commit and several of whom were originally tried for capital offenses. As an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law, Potkin assists in teaching the legal clinic and co-teaches a Wrongful Convictions seminar. She served on the Technical Working Group for the 2012 National Institute of Justice publication, DNA for the Defense Bar.