The Cornell Law School Innocence Clinic selects cases based on a number of factors. The Clinic prioritizes cases from individuals wrongly convicted in state or federal court in upstate New York. In addition, a prisoner’s claim generally must meet the following criteria:
- The prisoner must still be incarcerated, serving the sentence for the wrongful conviction, with at least five (5) years to serve.
- The prisoner must have exhausted all direct appeals.
- The prisoner must not be represented by another attorney and must no longer have a right to appointed counsel.
- The prisoner must have a claim of innocence that can be proven based on substantial new evidence that has not been considered previously by a court.
- The prisoner must have had no involvement in the crime whatsoever.
To submit a case for consideration, please request and fill out a screening questionnaire and mail it to the Innocence Clinic. To request a questionnaire, or to submit a fully completed questionnaire, please write to: Innocence Clinic, Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
PLEASE NOTE that submission of a questionnaire does not constitute any agreement by the Innocence Clinic to represent you, and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.